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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.

                                   ~~ ❤️ ~~

16 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. Natcha says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. Maggie says:

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Becky says:

    Happy birthday, Jenny!!🙋🏻❤️❤️

  10. Alissa says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. K says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! All the best! 🙂

  14. 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!

  15. Sheliah says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! Best wishes for many more

  16. Sue says:

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

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