The day was splendid with brightness. First in the smiles of my family gathered around, then in the candles on the cake. I am grateful to have reached the beginning of my 54th year. I am joyful that one of my sons shares my birthday and is beginning his 30th year on the same day.

I’ve never understood why people hide their age. Every year is a gift from God and I’m glad for every one of them. Life is very, very good.

Candles on my 53rd Birthday Cake