Happy Birthday to Me 5


Today is my 10th birthday.  Ten years worth of living (if you add the two digits of my birthday together they equal ten.  I’ll leave it to you to decide which two digits they really are.)


It’s good to be ten. 

I’m so two thousand and ten you’re so two thousand and when…?”  (For those who don’t know, that’s a take-off of a line sung by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas in their current hit song Boom Boom Pow on their album “The E.N.D.”  (Thanks, hub, for downloading the song on my iPod.  It has an infectious beat and is perfect for dancing.)


Music, especially music to dance to, just makes me feel fantastic.  I am instantly transported back to the girlish days of my teens and the womanish days of my 30s and 40s when I danced basically every weekend. 


These days when I’m walking or riding the T plugged in to the music on the iPod,  I have to remember I’m in public because the music “sweets me so”* and before you know it, I’m dancing. 


I wish we had a world where you could just stop in the middle of everything and take a dance break, with your dance partners being the people around you!  I can envision a vending machine – where you select a song and have an instant party in a designated dance zone.  You’d get your dance on then you continue on your merry way.


Anyhow, I am so happy to have another birthday to celebrate.  I would like to treat all of my friends and acquaintances out for food and drink and dancing but alas cannot afford it right now.  I’ll figure out something soon to scratch that itch.



Giving Thanks!

I must thank my mother and father for conceiving me and my mother for loving me, nurturing me, bringing me up to adulthood and continuing the love to this day.  I am so blessed to have you, Mom.

There’s a lot to be grateful for (I’m saying those prayers privately every day).



  • lots to look forward to,

  • challenges to meet,

  • goals to achieve,

  • desires to experience. 

I am blessed to be able to distinguish between wants and needs and to occasionally get a few of the things I want.  (Thanks for the gifts – family.)

Thank you to everyone who has sent or phoned a birthday greeting


Happy birthday, to me.
Happy birthday, to me.
Happy birthday dear Me-ee-ee,
Happy birthday to me.
And many more.

*(”This quote is from a children’s book, The Dancing Granny, an Anansi story retold and illustrated by Ashley Bryant. It’s no longer in print but copies are for sale on Amazon.com.) 


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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