Any birthday with a ZERO on the end is reason to celebrate! Almost all of our family has a summer birthday and most of us end with a zero this year…so that means we celebrated new decades together. My mother-in-law, my Dad, husband, daughter (and me too) happily share that zero.
Along with another birthday comes the inevitable question of how to celebrate… The good news about having a summer birthday is that it’s an excellent reason to skip town and celebrate!! The most important thing to remember about celebrating birthdays is that you want to make sure you have your family with you.
People and Events from 1936
My mother-in-law is quick-witted, business minded and has a love for horses and dogs. My children call her Nana. She is a super energetic Nana, quick-witted, and systematic by nature. Her recipe for a happy life might go like this…read a good book, ride a horse and cook with gas!
Song: Bing Crosby’s Pennies from Heaven
Movie: Anything Goes
Book: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is published
President: Roosevelt is re-elected for a second term
Fun fact: French chemist, Eugene Schueller (founder of L’Oreal), invents the first sunscreen this year.
Cost: gas was 10 cents a gallon, bread was 8 cents and stamps were 3 cents
Icon: Olivia de Havilland
Quote: Between two evils, I take the one I never tried before. ~Mae West in Klondike Annie
People and Events from 1946
My Dad said in his lifetime achievement award a few months ago, “Great effort reaps great rewards.” I’ve heard him say that all my life. Another favorite…”The Champion is the one that gets up the most times after he has been knocked down.” My Dad is many things: he’s a coach (on and off the court), a proud Tar Heel, a teacher, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, most importantly…he’s a good man! My Dad is always optimistic, attracts plenty of attention wherever he goes, he’s wise, and is highly understanding.
Song: Dinah Shore’s Laughing on the Outside
Movie: The Best Years of our Lives
Book: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
President: Harry S. Truman
Fun fact: Bikinis and Tupperware go on sale this year.
Cost: gas was 21 cents a gallon, bread was 10 cents and stamps were 3 cents
Icon: Ava Gardner
Quote: The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. ~Albert Einstein
People and Events from 1966
My husband who loves being together with his family, lives for Alabama football, makes a great cocktail and is a huge Beatles fan. He’s positive, diligent, charming and resourceful.
Book: Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls
President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Fun fact: Mini skirts and color TVs became popular
Cost: gas was 32 cents a gallon, bread was 20 cents and stamps were 5 cents
Icon: Audrey Hepburn
Quotes: Beam me up, Scotty ~William Shatner, as Cat. James Kirk, in Star Trek
People and Events from 1976
I’ve always thought it was cool that I’m a Bicentennial baby! My parents took this picture when I was about three. My parents used to sing, Oh Sweet Pea to me and another one of my Dad’s nicknames for me is his “little quail bird.” I also nicknamed myself about this time, Sizzlean because I loved the name…I also love bacon!
Song: Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight
Movie: The Bad News Bears
Book: Peter Benchley’s The Deep
President: Gerald Ford
Fun fact: Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Cost: gas was 59 cents, bread was 30 cents and stamps were 13 cents
Quotes: You talkin’ to me? ~Robert De Niro, as Travis Bickle, in Taxi Driver
People and Events from 2006
My daughter loves to paint, dance and swim like a fish…I call her my “little mermaid.”
Song: KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Book: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love
President: George W. Bush
Fun fact: Pluto is downgraded from a Planet to a dwarf planet by The International Astronomical Union.
Cost: gas was $3.03, bread was 97 cents and stamps were 39 cents
Icon: Heidi Klum
Quote: I’d like to grow old with my face moving. ~Kate Winslet said about why she would not consider plastic surgery.
Many happy returns to my fellow ZERO birthdays!