Happiness Is The Truth

Once upon a time, in the wee hours of the morning on a cold winter day 50 years ago, something very special happened. A baby girl with jet black hair and big brown eyes made her way into this world. Oh, she didn’t enter this big bad world like one of those average babies, she made her debut with a grand arrival. It didn’t matter a snow storm was brewing. It didn’t matter that the doctor couldn’t get to the hospital and it certainly didn’t matter that the nurse said she wasn’t “ready” to be born. Um, I wasn’t a Butterball for godsakes.

This little bundle of joy wanted to make a lasting impression and that’s exactly what she did as she barreled into the world by sliding right to the bottom of the hospital bed like a wet seal all by herself.  No doubt causing my mother to instantly spring a gray hair… or two. Hey, it you’re gonna go… go big … right?

Little Lisa Maria was born on February 19th, 1964. She is the youngest of 4 children a/k/a “the baby” of the family. A label she still wears today when her mother introduces her to ANYONE. But she doesn’t mind, she just smiles and sheepishly embraces her title.

As you can see Lisa continued liven things up at her first birthday party. In her defense she isn’t the one who purchased the chocolate, nor is she the one who left it in arms reach of a baby. If we’re going to point fingers, I would start with the tall people at the party.

1 year-old Lisa knew how to celebrate!


Now let’s fast forward to today, when I once again slid to the bottom of a bed to officially hit another milestone. “Slid” may be a little strong… shimmied might be better.

Drum Roll Please  ….

The Big 50


Half a Century





As I was doing a little research on turning Fiddy I found out that I am in some pretty good company this year. Aside from all those other AARP cardholders that is. Who the hell knew that so much greatness could emerge in one year? 1964 was certainly rocking some star power. Let’s kick the list off with a little name dropping shall we.  Ahem … First Lady Michelle Obama, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Lara Linney, Lenny Kravitz  and G.I. Joe just to name a few. There are actually 103 on the list, including yours truly, but I don’t want to make you green with envy bore you by listing all of the awesomeness of my birth year.

I also found a very interesting historical fact about this day 50 years ago. Out of all the incredibly memorable events taking place in 1964 you will not believe what went down on this date. Are you ready?

UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US

Seriously? I’m left to assume that the historians were out to lunch and the lab monkeys got together and thought this was hilarious. I’m still not sure how or why this is considered history, but more importantly I was not able to find a single owner of one of these wigs. Now I sort of want one ….

Any who …. since I love to see people happy in honor of my 50th Birthday I want you to take a break and celebrate with me … Because I’m Happy! If you are the proud owner of a Beatles wig feel free to put it on now. 

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Enjoy the Ride!

37 responses

  1. Wishing you a wonderful birthday!!!

  2. Happy birthday you fifty, fabulous, fantastic, funny girl! No wig, nut I’m clapping 🙂 have a wonderful day! Xoxoxoxoxo

  3. Happy birthday! Love that “happy” song too.

    1. Thank you! I can imagine you dancing around your house with your kids.

  4. Happy birthday! You’re life is just beginning….at least the really good part.

    1. You are so right Kate! I’m especially enjoying the “I don’t have to do what you say I’m 50” attitude.

  5. I just got in trouble for clapping loudly in my office…

    1. Can I just tell you how much I want to be in this video?! I am secretly wishing that you whole office broke into a dance.

  6. Happy 50th. Welcome to the club. We will send you the secret handshake in a separate email. Since it is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America (followed by aforementioned wigs), let me sing “,,,They say it’s your birthday….we’re gonna have a good time….they say it’s your birthday….happy birthday to you.” You need to hum the guitar riff where the dots are. BTG

    1. Hahahahaha! Thank you so much, this is just great. I can hum a mean guitar riff, just one of my hidden talents.

  7. HBD and welcome to the club!

  8. I am happy for you! Happy Birthday!

    1. Ahhh finally getting to celebrate the special day and with you just made it even greater.

  9. Happy Birthday dear friend! I had just turned 9 when you were born… I am so glad all of this happened 50 years ago, because, now I can benefit from you and your life. You make my life richer and I am grateful for you. Hope your day is filled with the very best of things and people. ❤

    1. Thank you so much DAF! My day was incredible and I get to continue the celebration with my daughter this weekend. I think I might celebrate for the rest of the month.

      1. I’d celebrate as long as possible! Have a great time with your daughter.

  10. Happy 50 Tops! But I can’t believe you went to all that trouble and STILL missed the Beatles on Ed Sullivan!

    1. Elyse you have no idea! I still regret not getting here on time, which is probably why I am always insanely early for everything!

  11. That song makes no sense to me, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA!!! Hope you have a fantastic one!

    1. Hahahaha! You sound like my husband. I on the other hand have it as my ringtone and I don’t even answer my calls because I’m too bust dancing. Thanks for the wishes!!

      1. Hahaha. I just can’t get past the “room without a roof” line. I mean, does not having a roof make a room happy?

  12. That’s the way to do it! Embrace the 50! I’m very pleased for you, Happy Birthday, Lisa.

    1. Thank you! I intend to enjoy it all.

  13. The Regular Guy NYC | Reply

    Happy Birthday! I am so impressed that you are taking hitting the big 5-0 with such humor about it. Have a great time and party it up!

    1. Thanks Phil!. I can’t change it so I must find the humor. I’m still celebrating and I intend to play this card for awhile.

  14. Happy birthday Lisa. As a freshly minted 50 year old myself, I say welcome to the club. You are never too old to wear chocolate lipstick 🙂

    1. Hahahaha…why haven’t we already marketed chocolate lipstick? We could be bazillionaires. I’m liking the club so far, there are so many cool people.

  15. Happy Birthday! Love that you are embracing it!

    1. Thank you! I have finally reached the age where I feel comfortable just being me and that is embraceable.

  16. Happy Birthday! Great way to celebrate!

  17. I’m so far behind in my reading – Climate course, kidnapped by the Olympics, re-filing all my disability paperwork – but wanted to stop by & hope you had a great birthday! Welcome to the 5th decade of life, there are some pretty awesome people here too!

  18. I am so sorry I’m rjust eading this now…Happy Belated Birthday…love the term…wet seal…that cracked me up…I then saw a seal in the parade when you marched with the float…Next to me you’re still a tot, remember that when you start thinking age and you sure have lots to show for your span of 5 decades…a happy marriage, kids, Chester, Peanut…YOUR WRITING WHICH ROCKS…enjoy…Susannah

  19. Happy birthday! Live long and prosper.

  20. And the celebration continues…YAYYYYY!!!!! xoxoM

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