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Birthday wishes

This color photo shows Angel Food Cake from the “Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book.” The cookbook contains only black-and-white photos.
This color photo shows Angel Food Cake from the “Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book.” The cookbook contains only black-and-white photos.

I am 59 years old today. I wrote a reflection when I turned 49 about all the birthdays I had ending in “9” and how good they were.  A happy childhood at 9 –skating on those Minnesota ponds in winter; birthday cake and hot cocoa.  College dorm celebration at 19, finishing graduate school at 29, my child placed in my arms when I was 39. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 49.

But at 59? I am here. And that was what I longed for at 49 – just more years to be with my beloved child and raise him. Thank God…for the amazing doctors and supportive friends and fearless husband and scared, relieved child. I look forward to 69, but life is so very unpredictable and unfair. No guarantees. I know this is true from standing at memorial services for beloved people who left too soon.

Time. Our best birthday gift. I hope to use it wisely,

(S-R archive photo)




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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.






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