I'd like to say a few words....it's not everyday that we turn 50 after all!
First off, I would like to thank everyone for coming today to celebrate this special occasion with me. It is and will remain a milestone for me in my life and what better way to remember it than with all of you here with me.
50 years old...sounds like quite a feat, especially as I hear myself say it. Life is interesting, we don't feel the years pass us by, we feel as young as we did in our 20's...sometimes act that way and yet....people think we should "act our age" !....But why I say!! Why when we feel like a young spring chicken, full of energy as always, enjoying every day for the challenges it brings as well as the moments full of love and happiness like this one (tonight/today).
All of you hear (tonight/today) with me are precious for me and one that without you all would not have been a birthday worth celebrating like this!
I look here at you all, all of you here for me...and the words become hard to voice...
Many of you, we go way back....some of you here tonight we have been friends for (20) years or more, others, you are some of what we "old folks" might call "newer friends", ...but not any less important to me!
You newer friends that are here, when we met we just seemed to get along as if we had known each other for at least 20 years anyways so you see...there really is not differentiation! You are all special to me and I am so happy that you are all here with me to celebrate me getting older! I need all the help I can get!!
Thank you everyone!