Yup, it's me birthday. :-)
Before I get to all the gushy stuff...
LOVE The Beatles.
The music from the video below actually takes me back to when I was a young girl. I'm a Joisey Girl through and through but I haven't sounded Joisey in quite some time (living in another part of the country for a year does that to you ;-)).
I grew up in northeastern New Jersey, and all my cousins and aunts and uncles pretty much lived in that area. But what the music below really zeros in on are (of course) summers and pool parties. My dad's niece and her husband had a nice house with its allotted 1/10 of a square inch backyard (that's a Jersey joke; if you've ever lived here, I think you'll understand). They had a round, above-ground pool that took up most of that space, with the rest for chairs and a small grilling area. I had a ton of fun, and I look back on that time very wistfully. (This is why I rarely stroll down memory lane; the memories are too painful.)
The wistfulness comes from all those tons of cousins I used to see on a fairly regular basis and from all the aunts and uncles who have passed away. All the cousins have moved out of the area, they have their own families. (Think of the Jewish Diaspora, where all the Jewish tribes were blown to the winds.) And as I said, all of my aunts and uncles are gone. Anyone who wants to be immortal can have it - I can't handle the thought of having to deal with the death of loved ones over and over again for an eternity.
Sorry for the downer; this is supposed to be a happy day (and it is :-)). After all, I've made it to 49, more or less physically intact, my humor intact, my mental capacities...mostly intact ;-), and with my first book to go live by the end of the month (if all goes to plan).
So, for your viewing and listening pleasure, Theme From a Summer Place...
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