The Birthday Cape for 68!

March 15th, 2011

Photo by Nelson

The Style Crone adorned herself with a vintage navy wool cape with off white trim embellished with gold sequins and white beads accessorized with a vintage navy velvet hat with round navy sequins for the bittersweet celebration of her 68th birthday.  As we left for dinner at our favorite restaurant, I took Nelson’s arm and walked down the steps of our front porch with the cloak which reflected his regal nature and his elegant stance even in the worst of times.  In his weakened state he sat across from me with his leather Kangol newsboy cap, grey v-neck sweather and leather jacket along with his vibrant smile and the well known sparkle in his eyes despite his fatigue.  I viewed him front and center, seated in the classically elegant green vinyl tufted back booth with gold buttons. I am fully aware of the strength it took for him to be present for this event.  So many memories of birthdays past and his uncanny sense of gift choices, generous and thoughtful, as has been his history throughout the years. Gifts that involved considerable planning and innovation, gifts that played symphonies as they honored my interests and my passions. The mighty love that he has expressed over decades that has surrounded me with protection and an overwhelming sense of acceptance. On this day of my birth I felt the power of this transitional time and basked in the love that has encircled me from the time of our mutual commitment.  The significance of this day and its memories will provide comfort over the unpredictable and mysterious road ahead.

27 Responses to “The Birthday Cape for 68!”

  1. LindaG

    A belated Happy Birthday, dear Judith. Thank you for your beautiful imagery in description of your birthday dinner with Nelson. I am deeply moved by the story of your lives together, and I know this effect will reach through the rest of my own life. As always, love, peace, and comfort to you both, dear hearts.

  2. Pam @over50feeling40

    I wish i lived in Colorado and could watch this fabulous couple when they go out…this love story is one that must be shared with others…I hope someday you will consider writing a book as a tribute to your relationship and to Nelson.

  3. Judy

    I think you could rule the world in this one. Hello to Nelson.

  4. deja pseu

    Happy Birthday, Judith. Your love story is awesome and inspiring. And the cape befits your regal bearing.

  5. simplyjuststyle

    Happy birthday – and great blog:)

  6. Willa

    I was moved to tears by your posting today. Your words and photo are so very moving. Happy Birthday, SC!

  7. Linda Linda Linda

    You both have so much beauty, grace and elegance, and oh how you do shine. Love to you both.

  8. Rebecca

    Happy Birthday to the beautiful, courageous and inspiring Style Crone. You look like you could take on the world in this outfit with the incredible Nelson by your side to celebrate this momentous occasion.

  9. Janet

    Happy Birthday Dear Friend

  10. Jean

    Regal, in every way. Love to you and Nelson.


    Happy birthday my dear friend. The best is still to come , my dear, dear friend.
    Fantastic cape, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  12. SizzleandZoom

    Happy Birthday beautiful lady! Hello to Nelson. Hope you had a lovely time
    in that gorgeous cape.

  13. Vix

    You must make a very handsome couple, Nelson sounds as stylish as you are. Wishing you a very happy belated birthday, I’m glad you were both able to enjoy it together. xxx

  14. WendyB

    You look absolutely regal. Another eloquent post too…

  15. Debbi

    Happy birthday to a very regal, lovely woman. Good wishes to Nelson.

  16. Hilary

    Happy Birthday Judith and love to both of you

  17. Terri

    Dear Nelson…and his history of giving wonderful gifts, including the effort to help you celebrate this year. You look like royalty…I pray that the birthday was as happy for you as it could be.

  18. Fanny Pinkleton

    Love to you both and Happy Birthday xxx

  19. Judi

    There is NO WAY you are 68! Wow! Happy happy birthday! I am glad to see you both taking the joy where it lives.

  20. Tanya

    Love you Mom, I can only imagine you guys out last night. Can’t wait to see you both in just under a couple weeks. Lot’s of love, Tanya

  21. Mary

    All best wishes for the year to come. It sounds as though you and Nelson celebrated your birthday in style. Your cape is magnificent.

  22. carolyn

    powerful words, great beauty, so much love. Nelson, you are the king with this gorgeous lady!
    I hope each moment is savored. Carolyn

  23. Robin

    Happy Birthday to a great beauty.

  24. Donna

    Happy Birthday! So touching to read about Nelson and his recognition of your desires and wishes in selecting just the perfect gift. It’s so easy to just get a gift card or hand over cash. He’s a peach!

  25. Camille

    You look so beautiful and strong. Perfect outfit for both the occasion and life. Love you!

  26. Shelley

    A very happy belated birthday–If that is what 68 looks like, bring it on, because you are beautiful (inside and out). I feel privileged to have had a small window into the love story of you and Nelson these past months, so thank you for sharing your bittersweet tale. My best wishes to both of you as you continue on your journey.

  27. Lonnie

    So beautiful love is. You are both so rare to love and be loved in such a deep and meaningful way.

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