Friday, August 10, 2007


Today is my 65th birthday and although I know 65 is no longer old, it's time enough to have an endless stream of memories. Memories that, as anyone who is getting older knows, pop into your head at the strangest times and without provocation. Following, are a few of mine.

I remember television when it was relatively new. I watched old black-and-white cartoons; one that comes to mind is Steamboat Willie starring the original Mickey Mouse. The next shows I remember watching are Roy Rogers, Fury, Hopalong Cassidy, Buck Rogers and in later years, the Mickey Mouse club. A special treat was watching the magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tripping the light fantastic, and who could forget I Love Lucy?

I recall clunky black phones with party lines; they have morphed into slim cordless cells that play music. Cars the size of hippos, that were easy and inexpensive to repair, have slimmed down and lightened up and put you into debt every time you go to the garage.

I was born during World War II, have lived through many wars and protested one. Make that two, I still have some protest left in me.

I have seen a man walk on the moon, pictures of our universe that have changed the way we think and the computer age change the way we communicate.

I am proud to say that I was on the front lines of the women's movement, and although we have a ways to go in some areas, we have accomplished a lot. As have African Americans. I know that hate and prejudice for those who are different still motivates many to behave with cruelty and even violence; ignorant, mean people will always be part of the human condition. But over time many have listened to the voice of reason and we are doing better.

Over the years, like everyone else, I have had my share of joys and sorrows, successes and failures. Friends have come and gone and some have stayed, I have lost at love on the way to my husband, Will, and I have lost one family only to gain another. All in all, it's been a hell of a ride so far and I will be grateful always for the gift of memory.


Blogger Nancy said...

YAYYYYYYYY! 65! You seem like such an awesome woman...and I love your background and history and wisdom.
I can hardly wait to see pics of when you and Tammy meet!
You both deserve this so very much.

Happy Birthday Ms. Pam!


10:26 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Happy Birthday!! and any more! I enjoyed your memories. Thank you for sharing them. Your views on the world are very much like mine and if we all do just a little it makes a difference.

I enjoy watching reruns of those old tv shows - it's as if I were a child again. I loved watching black and white "scary movies" as I called them.

Remember "Captain Kangaroo", "Sky King", "Sea Hunt", "Gun Smoke", "Maverick", "Lawrence Welk Show" - I could go on and on. Now I rarely watch television - it just isn't very good any more.

I hope you had a great day.

1:21 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Happy, happy 65th Birthday Pam! You've seen much and have accomplished a lot. Memories are wondrous things that keep us going when times are rough and when times are good. I love the idea of unbidden memories popping to mind at odd times.

You are an inspiration for us all ... and may you celebrate many more birthdays surrounded by the love of friends and family!

9:04 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Happy birthday, Pam. It is wonderful to look back over the changes in your lifetime.
Here's to the next wonderful years--note the S--may there be many more.

10:39 PM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

Happy birthday. :)

It was an interesting time, you know.. as we were growing up. (I am nine years younger than you, but have many of the same memories.)



1:10 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I hope camp was very special!


6:51 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

It's wonderful getting to know you through your blog. I remember the first black and white TV we had was so snowy we had to stretch our cotton T Shirts in front of our eyes to get rid of the snow ! I'm so glad you have such a loving family...your husband sounds awesome.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

So much changes but good hearts endure. Happy Birthday!

12:07 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh my GOSH! Pam! August 10th is my hubby's birthday. Alright!

Happy Happy Birthday, Sweetie.

He turned 63 (just a kid, eh?) So your memories resonate very much with us, too.

This is neat - Now I'll always remember your birthday :0)

9:05 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Happy Birthday. Your post is beautiful.

10:59 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

You go, girl!!!! You rock! (From one who is ...68, and counting....

9:25 PM  

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