Summer solstice has not yet arrived, but it seems like mid-summer here in Ohio, hot and sparkly with bright colors in evidence everywhere in nature. (Well, except for our nuisance Raccoons.) Still I'm thinking ahead to my autumn celebrations, the time of muted colors. First will be my 82nd birthday, then my husband and I will celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary. Of course I will also take note of my 19th diaversary on November 22, 1993. Yes, I was diagnosed at the age of 63 -- first as a Type 2, later as Type 1, and needing insulin immediately.

A few of my friends here on TuDiabetes are aware of my age, but kindly haven't mentioned my "secret". I didn't want to be preoccupied by my age as I wrote here, so I originally decided not to mention it. I also feared that my words would be ignored because of it -- ageism. Since I joined TuD in March, 2010, most people have already decided whether or not to read my words, so I decided that it's time to just say it: Wow! I'm almost 82!

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Comment by Pastelpainter on June 17, 2012 at 1:11pm

Congratulations Trudy, you are 10 years more mature than me. Have a great birthday day.

Comment by brokenpole on June 17, 2012 at 2:49pm

Trudy, you are truly an amazing lady. Personally, I have many of your words without knowing your age. But, at least in my case, I don't think your age would have entered into the picture. I was taught, and have learned, that knowledge can be obtained from anyone. Especially with something like D where we are all different and we never know when we will find something that works.

My wife and I both love the fall weather. It is a bit different here in Mississippi. Not as much color and we do miss that.

Keep writing cause I will keep reading.

Comment by Peetie on June 17, 2012 at 2:52pm

Hi Trudy, Happy Birthday in advance!!!! It's not very colourful here either.... a dull day in Ontario. Here's hoping for colourful days right through the Autumn. Cheers! Joanne

Comment by Trudy on June 18, 2012 at 6:31am

Hi Pastelpainter, very nice turn of phrase! Thanks.

Hi Sparky, thanks again for your encouragement. It's so doggone hot here right now, I'm almost looking forward to autumn cool colors.

Hi Joanne. Thanks, hope it brightens up a bit there, just in time for your vacation.

Comment by Peetie on June 18, 2012 at 3:49pm

Hi Trudy. A bright day here today. :) Not only is 82 a great feat in itself but... 59 years of married bliss??? You deserve an award! Cheers! Joanne

Comment by Trudy on June 19, 2012 at 3:31pm

Hi Joanne, how to answer your comment? Yes, almost 59 years of married bliss...

It's been a wonderful way for both of us to live our lives. About awards -- interacting with our descendents has been a great, ongoing award. We have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. we also have mutual hobbies, such as sharing our lives with dogs, which is great fun.

On a realistic note, while we live a happy life, we take it one day at a time.

Comment by Kelly WPA on June 26, 2012 at 7:26am

Hi Trudy, I haven't been online much lately and Joanne pointed this out to me (thanks Joanne!). You know how I feel about age - I could care less. I have a younger friend that did the very thing on another board because she thought people would not take her seriously.

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! Not too many people make it that far in their marriages these days. Taking it one day at a time is the best way to go.

Comment by Trudy on July 3, 2013 at 5:11pm

Thanks so much. Another year has passed and I'm still feeling very fortunate.


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