Tuesday, November 16, 2010

When I'm Sixty-Four

"When I'm Sixty-Four (64)" by the Beatles

"When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.

Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.

You'll be older too,
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four.

Every summer we can rent a cottage,
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four. "

While in college back in the early 70s my roommates and I  played this fantastic Beatles album, St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, over and over probably a million times.   It has great songs and I must admit at the time age 64 seemed...well...
 so far away and really OLD

This past year I kept asking my sweet hubby if he will still need me (and love me) when I'm 64.  Luckily for me he has answered "yes" every time! 

And now it is here.  

Today I reach that milestone. 

Me and My Mom

No fancy baby pictures...it's the late 1940s...I'm the 3rd and last child and money is tight.  I was a preemie...3 pounds, 10 oz. and three months early.  I was born in Mt. Sinai Hospital.  They had to transfer me to John Hopkins because it was the only hospital with an incubator.  I was in the hospital for a month and not released until I was 5 pounds.  Being a preemie isn't that unusual today but way back then it was.  

My grandmother told me years later that the hospital wanted me to be in a long term study to look at the effects of being born premature.  Apparently my parents declined.  My grandfather said I was so tiny he could hold me in his hand and that I looked like a shriveled up baby bird.   

Unfortunately there are no pictures of me at birth.  This is the earliest one I could find in my parents photos probably taken in early 1947.  Wasn't my Mom pretty!  My Dad was very handsome too.  I wasn't much to look at though.  

Don't forget to enter my First Give Away (here)!  It runs until Sunday night 11/21 at midnight. 

Good-Bye...I'm off to celebrate my day with my sweetheart!   

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  1. Happy birthday Sandy! You were an adorable baby and your mother is just beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

  2. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a lovely day. xxx

  3. Happy Birthday! I love old pics like that and it looks like you were not a happy camper!

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Your mother is a beautiful lady!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! what a great story and a beautiful photograph (hey! you look lovely!). I'm half way (and a pinch) to 64. I wonder now about what my life will be like at that age?!
    Celebrate big Sandy! here's to many more!

  6. You know I love this post. One of you best. Did I tell you I love this post. So, how does it feel...Did I tell you I love this post....Big plans tonight....Did I tell you I love this post...Remember, it's just not the day it's the whole week....Did I tell you I love this post...Great picture....Did I tell you I love this post.

    Ok, I'll quit now, but...Did I tell you I love this post....Kate

  7. Congrats for your birthday. I thought you were at least 10 years younger. Your Mum is gorgeous and you look so very serious.
    Have a fantastic day!!!

  8. Happy Birthday to you!!! Loved your post and I think you were a beautiful baby, you'd have to be with a mom so pretty. My son was 3 lbs 11 oz, so I know how tiny that is. Blessings to you.

  9. Birthday wishes are whizzing your way all the way from Oz. Hope you have a lovely day. Did you know that 64 is the new 44!!! I bet you feel like 44 don't you? and look it too!

  10. Happy Birthday Sandy!!....your Mom was beautiful but you were so cute...yes, you were...I hope you had a wonderful day...and boy haven't these years just flew by...I just turned 60 and I can't believe that it just seemed like 1968 and the HS prom was yesterday...

  11. Happy Birthday Sandy, hope you had a great day. My daughter was little at 4.9 and she could fit in a shoe box. Wish I had a photo of that but we didn't have the close up cameras of today.

  12. Happy Birthday dear Sandy! What an adorable picture of you and your mom, she was stunning.;)

  13. Happy birthday!
    What a lovely photo of you & your mum.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. Oh dear... I wasn't sure if my comment went in yesterday... came back to check and I see that it didn't. I wonder how many other people had this problem ...
    Oh well, the gist of it was - Happy Birthday! And I think you were a beautiful baby!! (The look on your Mom's face says she thinks so too!) One things for sure... you were a strong baby to have survived such an early birth back then!! Wouldn't the doctors and nurses who took care of you be happy to see you on your 64th birthday!!
    Many blessings for a wonderful year and I hope you had a grand time with your hubby yesterday!

  15. Sorry I missed your birthday yesterday - I hope you had a good one.

    Happy belated Birthday. :)

  16. Happy belated birthday, Sandy! Hope it was lovely.

  17. Sandy, a belated birthday wish for your 64th. You were certainly meant to be here! The photo is precious, and yes your mother was BEAUTIFUL! The song is perfect. It does seem it was new just yesterday.