Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Saturday, 29 December 2012

(They say it's my) Birthday

(Oops! - this pictures was taken five years ago -- and Oops!:  it is the Birthday table of our Son :-) 

Dear You,
thank you for your sweet card! Yes, today, 29th of December, is my Birthday, and I'm happy: I enjoy getting older, though the Jugendwahn/youthmania doesn't make it easy to say "Thank you, but I'm fine" to all these absurd offers from people that have sworn the Hippocratic oath(!) - how much Botox you must have in your brain to believe that this poison will just stay there in the little wrinkle it was injected to and not creep into other parts of your body? The Hiyppocraites shun the correct label botulinum toxin - one of the most dangerous bioweapons, and in Germany under the War Weapon's Control Act; no joke. 
I am glad to be able to say: 
I am happy to be as I am, and I am looking forward to grow (though not around my hips :-). 
I am ready - and willing - for whatever life throws up in the grand mystery, the great adventure of my ongoing life. 
To my 'Facebook friends' who are always asking for my date of birth I quote dear Oscar W.:
 "One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell you anything." 
So I keep my mouth shut (without an artificial pout), smile, do my sit ups, am happy and grateful and swear to the most convincing formula for staying young: besides caring for oneself as good as possible the best is being really interested in something outside of ones Own Little Self. 
And enjoy life: YES - we're going to a party, party!!! 



Britta 

14 comments:

  1. Many happy returns Britta! You are not old enough to have a son of that age, surely!
    Love the Oscar Wilde quote.
    J
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    1. Dear John,
      thank you! As Lydia Bennett I eloped to Gretna Green :-)

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  2. Happy Birthday - the very fact that you have a blog at all puts you in a 'certain' age bracket...!

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    1. Dear Tom,
      thank you! Yes - "first-former", knowing how to type :-)

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  3. Happy Birthday! I hope you, like The Great Dane are spoiled by family members who want to ensure that your birthday is not eclipsed by Christmas - party on!

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  4. Dear Pondside,
    thank you! As you see above, I am not the utterly shy type - so till now nobody tried to mix Christmas and my birthday :-) But at school it was annoying that in sports they counted me as one year older - less points for those - when I missed it only for three days.

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  5. That's a great quote. Happy Happy Birthday to you!! xx

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  6. Dear Sparrowsandsparkles,
    I like that quote too! When we moved in here in Berlin, a very nice neighbour said: "May I ask you how old you are?" and I said, "Yes, of course you may! - But I won't tell you." :-)

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  7. Happy birthday Britta! Love your 'formula' and I wish you a wonderful New Year and a great party! x

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    1. Dear Penny,
      thank you! We have been in Munich for a New Year Party with our son and DIL - a wonderful start!

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  8. I completely understand why you have that picture of your son's birthday table. Someone's mother once jokingly said that a birthday should be a celebration of a mother's pain at birth, sacrifice (of time, money, etc.), and long-suffering and not the initial appearance of the child into the world. Ever since becoming a mother 32 years ago, I have learned to agree. Happy birthday and best wishes for the New Year, dear Britta!

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    1. Dear Walk2write,
      so we might celebrate two birthdays. And thinking that further, the child is the greatest gift!

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  9. Wished you a happy birthday via FB, but wanted to say that while I love the Beatles' birthday song, it is not an easy one to sing. :-) No botox for me either, I am what I am.

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    1. Dear Janet,
      thank you! The Beatles' song is a bit more difficult than "Happy Birthday to you!" - we have it on a special birthday CD and when it is on in unusual full volume the 'birthday child' knows that it is allowed to enter the room with the candles, cake and presents

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