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Carol Perkins: Wistful thoughts on birthday

Latest birthday brings introspection, and what's ahead.
Carol Perkins: More than a surprise in subscription beauty box

By Carol Perkins

I woke up on the day of my birthday feeling wistful. Then I turned to my Facebook page, read all the wonderful wishes and smiled. How could I possibly feel sad when I have so many loving people in my life? It could be because I can't do what I once did, and know I never will. What do I wish I could do?

  • Ride a bike... if I could ride a bike, I would ride all over my community, put my feet up on the handlebars, and throw my hands into the air and yell, "WHEE!" My bike would take me over the old State Barn Hill (Edmonton) and I could push it back up! My knees would hold out and my hip not ache like a bad tooth if I could ride my bike.

  • Wade in a creek... if I could wade in the creek on the Breeding Road, I would roll up my pant legs, throw off my shoes, scrunch up my toes, and ease across the water. If I fell, I would hop back up and continue, laughing at my wet bottom. If I could wade again, I'd kick water on my brother and dodge minnows the way I did many decades ago. I didn't worry then about breaking a hip.

  • Climb a tree... if I could climb a tree and sit on a lower branch, feeling superior to the birds, I would do that one more time. If I skinned my knees or my arms, I wouldn't worry because the scraps would heal fast. Once up in the tree, I would swing out on a limb and fall to the ground, repeating this over and over. I wouldn't look at the tree and know the possibility of climbing it was zero.

  • Jump rope... if two of my friends would swing the rope around and around and I could jump in and start jumping the way I did decades ago, I would buy a rope tomorrow. When there were only two of us to play, I tied one end of a yard chair or a tree and we took turns with the rope. I never got tired of jumping and singing those silly songs. I would be happy today if I could jump up more than an inch with both feet!

  • Play Hop Scotch... if I could bend over, draw squares on my sidewalk, throw a rock into one of them, hold one foot up beside the other, hop into one of the squares, pick up the rock, and move on to all the other blocks, I would buy chalk tomorrow.
I may not be able to get out of a chair with no hands or walk from one end of the mall to the other without needing to stop to "catch my breath," but I am on my feet, in good enough health, and have a full schedule each day. Therefore, the only number that is going to be important in the future will be my blood pressure readings and cholesterol levels. I want to celebrate many birthdays to come.

Contact information:

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

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