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What a birthday present!

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me!

In case you hadn’t guessed, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!  I’m 40! What I want to know is who stole those missing years when I wasn’t looking? I swear I don’t feel anywhere near 40! But then I look at Son#1 as he leaves for work and think, shite! I’m 40!  LOL  I still want to know when it happened.

Anyway to my pressies. I’ve probably mentioned my trip to US to go to RT and the Lori Foster weekend before but as it’s my 40th birthday gift from the Tribe I’ll mention it again. I’M GOING!!! Yep, we’ve book hotels and airplane tickets and train tickets and told people when we’ll be plonking on their doorstep. It’s gonna be a blast. I also got, from my mum and brother, a pair of diamond and gold earrings. I love them! If you want to see them go here!

The other present I got was the results of last weeks Karin Tabke First Line comp. I made it! Again! It’s down to 35 this week, fingers crossed for next week. You can check out her blog here!  But I thought I’d post my entry so far here for you to enjoy.

Cold trembling finger reached out to trace the letters engraved on the headstone, the chilly marble slab the only tangible link to the family Jolene still missed. Ten years hadn’t even begun to numb the pain or take away the gaping hole in her heart. The years hadn’t answered the questions that screamed to be answered.

Set back from the rest of the graves, the stone sat under a shady tree. She’d picked the spot for the lack of light, her babies would never again enjoy the sunshine and neither would their final resting place. She knew it wasn’t a rational thing to want for them but at the time, and even now, it seemed fitting.

The icy pre-dawn wind blew across the ground and whistled between the marble, slate and sandstone that marked the lives of so many. In this place, surrounded by death, Jolene breathed the breath of the living-dead. 

So what ya think? Will that last line get me through to the next round?

‘See’ ya soon!


Categories: Life, News, Writing
  1. February 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Are you trying to convince yourself that you’re 40 – you’ve mentioned that quite a bit.

    And as I’ve told you before – I love that last line.

  2. February 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you-ooooo!!

    Best, Denise

    PS Forty ain’t so bad. 😉

  3. February 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday Rachel!!!!!!!

    And what a fantastic entry so far – I’m sure you’ll go on further. Good luck.

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