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How Do You Celebrate Milestones?

It's my birthday in July and my second daughter is turning 50 in early August.  So as I reflected on the many birthday celebrations I've had for myself, my family (I had six kids!) and others, I realized It has been a long journey, one that has shifted and changed as time went by.

Last Fall, our meetup group had a discussion on Traditions (around Thanksgiving, I think) but this topic is different.

Let's see if we can reflect and share about how we've done celebrations be they weddings, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or other milestones like graduations, promotions, our retirement and yes, even divorces.

Maybe your experience has been to temper celebrations, perhaps celebrations have been fraught with family tensions, or you may have a long tradition of honoring these turning points.

Bring your favorite stories and share with each other how your view of celebrations has or has not changed over the years. What is important to you now?

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  • Pat B.

    It was a great gathering with great people and conversation. My first meeting -- but I will be back

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • adele s.

    Great regrets that I will not make today's meeting, which was to be my first. It's a last minute urgent please babysit your great-grandson situation. I will see you all in 2 weeks..... Again, my apologies.

    August 6, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      no apologies need adele, but sorry to have missed you and hope the situation sorts it's way through. see you soon.

      August 7, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    My heart is still warm with the thoughts and ideas explored today. Thank you all for sharing so openly. I thought the topic s very meaty one and I feel well nourished

    August 6, 2013

  • caroline k.

    Looking forward to seeing Y'all!

    August 6, 2013

  • Pat B.

    I celebrated by 70th Birthday by jumping ut of an airplane. What a great adventure.

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Pat, will you take the train from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok with me? I have been dying to do that for ages. Last lunch some of the ladies got me frightened...yah, I am talking about you, Gee Gee:)

      August 5, 2013

    • Pat B.

      Sounds tremendously fun. But right now I'm trying to save up for a trip to Australia, and a train ride to Alice Springs, where I want to hire a tour of Ayers Rock. I'm hoping maybe to afford it next year. I say live life and don't be frightened.

      August 5, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    Dear friends I am still in Seattle and there is a possibility I may not get on the flight today if so I may have to miss tomorrow I will email you if that is the case hope to see you bait bright now it looks 50-50

    August 5, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    I've been pondering celebration since posting this topic and since my Birthday was yesterday, and this year I didn't feel like "celebrating" it as in years past (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't) I decided to do some research into the origin of the word. Here is an interesting take I found! (I've done this in two posts because of the length)

    July 30, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    celebrology
    (Noun) It was coined by Sola Odumosu,from the Latin word celebrare which means honour and the Greek word logos which means study,and literally, Celebrology means the study of honour.
    Usage: He defines it as an intellectual discipline that deals with our human capacities for greatness at a foundational craving for the dignity of being, and being, being honourably responsible by awakening a deeper sense of appreciation that is full of universal appraisal. This makes more sense than alot of noise and fanfare etc. we often associate with celebration. If this has to do with celebration, then my birthday was well celebrated with a lovely lunch with my sister, a deeper discussion of many topics and my own private time taken during the day to reflect on the past years gone by.

    Interesting. This topic may be a better way to view celebration than ever before and one, I think, is suited to our Third Trimester of Life in ways not thought of before. What do you think?

    July 30, 2013

  • June F.

    Bringing friend to hospital for knee surgery.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do I celebrate milestones? As quietly as possible...I don't want to be THAT person:)

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    Again, my friends I may be delayed in Seattle and miss this discussion. (As I said, it's my daughter's 50th and my travel schedule may have to be extended) Is there anyone willing to open this discussion, help get started, etc. if I do have to stay in Washington? Email me to let me know. thanks

    July 26, 2013

  • adele s.

    I look forward to my first meeting.

    1 · July 19, 2013

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