My 92nd Birthday

On September 17, 2022, now that the Coronavirus numbers were improved, my friends held the big birthday celebration that they’d been trying to have for me since 2020.  My 92nd birthday party was held at the Hilton DoubleTree in Whittier, California.  Eighty-four friends and relatives helped to make this event one of the highlights of my life.  I wrote the following poem for the occasion:

My 92nd Birthday

It looks like the third time’s a charm

We finally made it here.

What a way to commemorate

My 92nd year!

I’m happy that you’ve come

To help me celebrate.

I think that being 92 

Is really kind of great!

As a nonagenarian, I get to do

Whatever I want to do.

Nothing embarrasses me,

But I might embarrass you!

I say anything I want, and

Don’t always do as I’m told.

People just smile indulgently

And say “It’s okay, ‘cause she’s old.”

I’ll remember this night forever

As I’m basking in its glow.

Let’s all do this again when

I hit the big one-oh-oh!

Lois McKinney

September 2022