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Birthday!

This is it!  I'm 60 today.  10 years ago, Ellen and I rented a sheepfarm-turned arts colony-turned vacation rental in France--the Lot, a somewhat less-frequented but very beautiful department between Dordogne and Provence.  For three weeks, Ellen and I shared dinners in the barn, nights in the courtyard, and daytime excursions to caves and castles with a floating population of something like 40 guests (you know how we old folks are about remembering numbers :)).  It was magical, wonderful, memorable.

This year, Ellen and I are in a 1913 cottage on the campus of Hollins University.  She's Writer in Residence for the Children's Literature Graduate Program.  I'm on the faculty, teaching the Fantasy section in the creative writing division.  On Friday, we are giving the keynote speech at the Children's Literature Association Conference, which will be called something like "How Books Can Change Your Life," only jazzier.  It is very nearly as beautiful as Cubertou, the shower is a lot more appealing, and we know several people on the faculty and in town, and like them very well indeed.  Eating a celebratory ice cream sundae (mint chocolate chip and fudge, for the interested) at Pop's Ice Cream and Soda, we got in a conversation with a woman who is about to open a yarn shop, who also turns out to be a huge Bordertown fan. 

Magical.  Wonderful.  Memorable.

Wonder where we'll be for my 70th?

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desayunoencama
Jun. 22nd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
¡Feliz cumpleaños! :-)
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Gracias!
girasole
Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday indeed. What a lovely set of memories for the most recent Big Round Birthdays.
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
It got even better, with marzipan cake and champagne in a garden sparkling with fireflies. It even stopped raining.
Nancy Werlin
Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Delia!!!!!!!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you.
pameladean
Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday!

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deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you. It really has been.
nohwhere_man
Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! (I always wonder whether to capitalize birthday.) Sounds like you're set for good time there.
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh, we are. Ellen gave me a battle hamster. You press his nose and he utters four completely different battle cries.
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deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. We have a tradition in our family, of a day of celebration for every decade. I'm planning on working up to at least 10.
kekhmet
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you.
kate_schaefer
Jun. 23rd, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you.
intelligentrix
Jun. 23rd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day! I'm glad you're somewhere beautiful, doing something you love. That right there is a sign of a life being well lived. Mazel tov!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. What a sweet thing to say.
alfreda89
Jun. 23rd, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Wishing you many more great ones, Delia! You have been blessed with a magical life, it seems. Let the ripples of happiness spread.
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
I hope to spread them far and wide. It's what they're for.
ex_truepenn
Jun. 23rd, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Delia!
birdhousefrog
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I'm glad you're there! I hope you had some fun adventures on the way down!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
We did. Berkley Warm Springs, the Earth Dog Cafe, a lovely dinner at the Southern Inn (I can't remember what town it's in--just south of Staunton). It was a fairly low-key trip, which was just what we needed after a hectic run-up. It's nice to be here, too.
17catherines
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
deliasherman
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Thank you.
rushthatspeaks
Jun. 23rd, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
I would say many happy returns, but it sounds as though there definitely have been. So: many more happy returns, and happy birthday!
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