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My Birthday Poem

Well I finally made it to seventy two!
And I’ve learned a few things that might help you
I was scared at first about getting older, you know
Would my hair turn grey, would my nose really grow?

There are some things you simply can’t avoid
Like wrinkles, but they’re proof that your life was enjoyed
So you want to take a nap? Do it – it’s reviving
Nothing wrong with that, just not while you’re driving.

Don’t lie about your age, there’s no reason to miscount
Enjoy the benefits – get that senior discount.
So you need to wear glasses, that bothers you a bit
Truth is without reading glasses, I can’t see… a thing.

The serenity prayer is kind of my plan
Accept what you must, and change what you can
The list for accepting is not very long
Your eyes or your muscles may not be as strong.

But the list you can change… where should I begin?
Fix your bones and your heart and your hair and your skin
Diabetes & cancer & stroke can be prevented
It’s up to your lifestyle – you just reinvent it.

No sodas or fast food, no junk or diet drinks
What’s that you say? This really stinks!
And easy on the pizza & sweets & ice cream
Jenny, you’re killing me. This is a bad dream!

Instead of coffee, drink water or tea instead
And no booze except one glass of wine that’s red
Eat veggies, wear sunscreen, exercise must be done
I know what you’re thinking. Can’t I have any fun?

I’m not here to say that I never cheat
An occasional pizza and gelato I eat
But the next day I’m back on this plan of my making
I cook every day, and do all my own baking.

I know it’s a lot and I’m not saying it’s easy
But you can live without things in bags that are cheezy
Feed your body with the best fuel at every meal
Then see how fabulous you can look and feel.

                                   ~~ ❤️ ~~

23 Responses

  1. Lynn C. says:

    Wow. Picked up “Jenny Jones My Story” at an Amazon locker en route home this evening. Started sneak-reading it immediately. Can’t put it down, just breaking briefly at, “I’ll take the .38 Special …” OMG, lady, your story is amazing.
    So glad I found your Web site while searching for a NKB recipe!
    And this blog, so inspirational, so much “giving back” and “good Karma.”
    All best wishes, Jenny.
    DLC
    SilVal CA
    *

  2. Kat Dollins says:

    I hope you had a very happy birthday..I was wondering what happened to you after your talk show..so I googled you and found your blog.
    Wonderful to read about all your accomplishments and generosity.
    You are beautiful inside and out

  3. Di says:

    Nice poem.

  4. Marjie says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I love your poem! It is so sweet and heart-felt. I recently discovered your YouTube cooking videos and love your spirit and enthusiasm. Happy 72nd birthday and I’m looking forward to your 82nd birthday (and onward too). Age is as old as you feel. I read your bio and I love how you have lead an interesting and full life – reinventing yourself and not being limited along the way. I hope you continue to feel the love around you – you are so loved.

  5. Beth says:

    Happiest of Birthdays! Love your poem. Just rediscovered you a few days ago with one of your “Can Cook” videos. Love your style and sense of humor. Hey, if it’s not fun, don’t do it. Mom used to say “ I am ** years old and I’m going to do what I want”. Thanks for the info and entertainment!

  6. Dorothy says:

    Hi Jenny, I was pleased to see you on YouTube cooking. I will be giving your recipes a try. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your show back in the 90’s. In 1997 I woke up very early one morning to labor pains. I knew I had time before it was time to go to the hospital and although I was a little nervous at first, I was able to relax while watching your show. When it was time to go to the hospital, I was ready and calm. Later that morning I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Alex. Good luck on your website.

  7. Carla says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Jenny Jones! Thank you for your blog and your cooking videos. I sincerely hope you make more youtube videos soon.

  8. Jana McFadden says:

    Dear Jenny, I came upon your blog by accident looking for a good recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls of all things,when I realized it was You! I am so glad to see you well and happyJenny. always liked you and your shows and I am looking forward to trying your recipes! I do hope this finds you well..isn’t it strange Jenny one minute your 17and before you know it 71..but it is all wonderful in the end,tho one would have hoped for a better world for humanity..the political scene is perverse I feel but,I do like putting our country first..I like Viktor Orban also.I hope to keep in touch you were always so lovelyJenny, take care,regards Jana.

  9. Natcha says:

    Happy belated birthday Jenny! You are such an inspiration! Kisses and Hugs from Thailand

  10. William says:

    I forgot to say happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful birthday week or month, depending on how you celebrate yours! Peace be with you every day, in every way!

  11. William says:

    I’m so glad I found you! I love to watch your JCC series on you tube, you make everything I enjoy, eating and making. Have you put the blooper reel together yet? Keep making us smile! I tell all about you and send them the link so they can enjoy you like I do.

  12. Rhonda says:

    sorry I’m late wishing you a Happy Birthday. I did think about you on your day, but work keeps me busy so I didn’t make it here until now. Loved the poem. I agree, so true. We must care for our bodies as we age. You don’t look 72 you really dont. I was watching an interview on tv with Jacklyn Smith about her clothes line with Sears and they mentioned her age and she’s in her early 70s as well and don’t look it either. It goes to show hard work pays off. Even if you have to cut back on things we like…
    Happy Belated Birthday to you, Jenny and I wish you many more…
    Take care…hugs…

  13. Maggie says:

    Jenny, I want to wish you a very happy belated birthday.
    I turn 60 in November.
    You look fantabulous dahhlinggg!

  14. MrsNews says:

    Happy Birthday my friend!! Love/hate your poem but I do need to follow your advise!! I turned 65 this year, the Medicare begins!!
    Now I have hearing aids and cataracts and more joy to come I am sure!! UGH But I am healthy and everything still works pretty well considering the things I have done to this body of mine.

    I sure miss your Facebook posts and being able to be in touch. I think of you often and keep you close in my heart.

    Take care and stay well

    K

  15. Dana says:

    Jenny,
    I love this! It’s so true, and so you! I hope you had an amazing day, and wish you many more happy and healthy days to come!
    Dana

  16. Becky says:

    Happy birthday, Jenny!!🙋🏻❤️❤️

  17. Alissa says:

    Nice to hear from you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are a beautiful lady.

  18. Joan says:

    I hope you are having a very Happy Birthday. My wish is for you is to have many more. You have been a great inspiration for me. God Bless.

  19. Mohamed says:

    God bless u … i am from Egypt and really u inspired me and my wife…
    We love u and told a lot of my family about ur healthy cooking way … keep it up and enjoy ur life to the maximum… best wishes and happy birthday to you Jenny
    Thx a lot for u

  20. K says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! All the best! 🙂

  21. Erika says:

    Happiest of birthdays, Jenny! You are such an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and videos that you’ve shared on your website and youtube, and for your enthusiasm for healthy living with a great attitude. May we all look and feel as healthy as you as we age gracefully with your guidance to live a healthy lifestyle. Best wishes!

  22. Sheliah says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! Best wishes for many more

  23. Sue says:

    Happy birthday Jenny! Wishing you the best today and always! ! !

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