Every year I get calendars in the mail with beautiful pictures of birds and animals. The first thing I do is look at the picture for September. That’s the deciding factor for which calendar I keep, since my birthday is in September. This year’s birthday was a big one–75, three quarters of a century. Wow! I remember being in the fourth grade (or some other grade near that) and learning about the turn of the century that would occur in our lifetimes. We were the leaders of the 21st century, the teacher said. How old would I be when that occurred? A little math gave the answer–55 years old. That seemed a long way away. On this side of that milestone, 55 years seems a long way away, as well. The best part of life now is having wonderful friends. I was delighted to celebrate my birthday in many ways over several days, but the big event captured in photos was lunch at the Garden Grille in Pawtucket, RI. Here are some photos memorializing my celebration with Terry, Genie, Andrea and Chris. Genie, ever thoughtful, brought each of us little bags with 75 in glitter on them, containing things relating to diamonds, as 75 is the diamond anniversary. She also brought a lovely Lantana plant, which I am trying not to kill.