Happy Birthday!

Today is my husband Dan’s birthday.  He is… well, older than he was yesterday.  His birthday always brings me pause, because mine is just a week after his.  Dan is the one who first told me Billie Burke’s observation that “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.”  Well, I’m not, but it still does.  More to the point for me is Will Rogers’ observation:  “When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.”  

That works.  Boy, does that work!  Mr. Kazaranoff was my algebra I teacher, and oh boy, did he…  Never mind.  Suffice it to say that Will and I are on the same page when it comes to first year algebra.  Here’s the thing.  Both Dan and I are too young to resign ourselves to old-folks-hood.  We still have a  lot of things to do.  Many places still to go.  Much work to accomplish.  We have a lot ahead of us that will make our gray hairs worthwhile.

So forget Billie Burke.  Forget Will Rogers, too–if you can.  The quote I want to remember is one from author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Here is what he says about aging:

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old.  They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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8 Responses to Happy Birthday!

  1. B.J. Taylor says:

    And Happy Birthday to Pa Writer!
    With much love,
    Dotter-Writer, B.J.

  2. Happy Birthday, Dan! (I consider belated greetings a way of extending the celebration.) I hope you have a wonderful Birthday too, Kay!

    Love you both,

  3. Jean Stewart says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you two! Funny–my birthday is a week after Bill’s, too. (he’s much older than I, of course.) Works for us, just like you.
    Such funny quotes. I’m not cheese (or wine) either…can’t even eat it anymore. But I did love algebra. I’d have majored in math if they would have let me stay in algebra instead of plane & solid geometry… but I digress. English worked out more to my liking. And with that, led me to you, indirectly.
    Thanks for keeping us laughing, thinking, inspired. Bill always asks if I’ve read your blog when he finishes it. Love it! And you, dear Mentor.

  4. kaystrom says:

    We are alike in so many ways, Jean. But you considered majoring in math? We surely do have our differences, too! Guess the balance of those likes and dislikes is what makes us enjoy each other so much. Thanks!

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