Today, the girls at work gave Bonnie,our school director and the closest to me in age, and myself a birthday luncheon. She arrived on the planet the 14th and myself on the 18th…several years ago. And because I can’t leave well enough alone…I decided that Bonnie and I should provide some entertainment for the young ones. Julie Andrews had revised the song “My Favorite Things” to reflect her advanced years, and I thought it quite clever. However, she is in her 70’s now and Bonnie and I are just cruising into our 50’s…OK…so I’m gonna be smack dab in the middle of the 50’s if you have to get technical about it. Her words just didn’t capture our still young attitudes, so I rewrote it…again, for us. FYI: the above pic is not us…ours is below.

FAVORITE THINGS…revised for the 50-something crowd! Please…sing along…
Maalox and eye drops and clothes that aren’t fitting,
Holding the handrails and cushions for sitting,
Sweating profusely that hot flashes bring,
These are a few of our favorite things.

Gravity and cataracts and hearing aids and gasses,
Correctol and Prilosec and bifocal glasses,
Weddings and Grand kids and porches with swings,
These are a few of our favorite things.

When the ‘pipes’ leak,
When the bones creak,
When my knees go bad,
We simply remember our favorite things,
And then we don’t feel so bad.

Toast and hot coffee and soft shoes for bunions,
No spicy dishes or food cooked with onions,
Elastic waist pants and the old songs we sing,
These are a few of our favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains, and no time for sinnin’,
Old friends and new friends and lines made from grinnin’,
Being so careful while spreading our wings,
These are just some of our favorite things.

When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When the eyes go dim,
We try to remember the great fun we’ve had,
So that we don’t feel so bad.
“…and then we don’t feel so bad…”
Look at all this wonderful food they prepared for us! It was delicious!
Yummy, yummy strawberry birthday cake.
These are the delightful ladies I work with.

How blessed I have been for the past 20 years to work in this place. It is a joy to daily work with godly Christian women. Women who love the Lord…who love children…and who believe that it is as important to teach love and respect for each other as it is to teach green from blue. These ladies lavish care and concern on the little ones in their care every day. And the children see the love of God reflected in their faces. Our director, Bonnie, sets the tone for the school with her calm and quiet persona. She is indeed a perfect fit for this position. She leads us as the perfect example. I thank God for the opportunity to work with these ladies, and learn from them, and be uplifted by them.