Monday, 20 April 2015

A - Z Challenge Q is for Quinquagenarian

My theme for this challenge is family and relations.

Quinquagenarian “a person between 50 and 59 years of age” – That’s me!

(And for the benefit of my cousin, the nearest thing I have to a sister, your term would be quadragenarian.  I’ll make no further comment on that except to all my sister-in-laws who might be offended at not being classed as sisters considering how well we get on, said cousin is a blood relation.  She is also more than a little challenged when it comes to remembering her age.  And no retaliation by a Christmas countdown reminder thank you!)

I digress.  That’s what happens when you’re a quinquagenarian.  Though truth be told I’ve always been good at digressing. I blame my mother.  Well somebody has to be responsible for my using a paragraph when a sentence would do, or recounting every detail of a story and ignoring the fact that I’ve lost the attention of my audience.  Probably to do with having an imaginary friend as a child.  They don’t answer back or at least not with answers you don’t want to hear.

There I go again.  Yes, I’m a quinquagenarian.  Trying say that quickly.  In fact I’m a mid quinquagenarian.  I’m not going to look up what you become when turning sixty although it would be useful to know because hubby reached that milestone this weekend.  I also hope I’ve got the grammar of that correct or I’m sure the grammar police will be after me.

If you’ve been reading my A-Z posts you’ll know a bit about me already.  So here are some things I haven’t shared:

I hate snakes.  I used to be worse in that I wouldn’t even watch them on TV.  I’ve got slightly better as I’ve got older.

I love chocolate.  Anything chocolate, also pretty much anything that’s sweet.  I’d rather forego a starter or even a main course during a meal out to ensure there was still room for dessert.  My favourite chocolate in a mixed box would be the coffee flavoured one but I don’t drink coffee!

I don’t like dancing in public (unless I can hide within a group of friends) but I’m qualified to teach tap dancing.  I danced into my late teens (tap, ballet and modern) and the school I belonged to not only put on shows and entered competitions but also put us through exams.  I can’t remember which levels I got to in modern or ballet but I got as far as the teaching qualification for tap.  I used to teach at the school before I went off to the real world of work, married life and children.

I dreamed of being a ballerina.  I’m sure many young girls taking ballet lessons do but my dreams were scuppered by having bunions on my feet.  These were corrected when I was fourteen and although I recovered well and went back to dancing my toe joints would never have coped with the rigours of pointe work in ballet so that was the end of that.

I’m very good at keeping secrets.

I’m really enjoying the A – Z challenge and hope to keep up the blogging after I get through Z.  The photo above was taken on my son's wedding day last July.


  1. I am a quinquagenarian too. All I can say is I hope I never have to write it again as if wasn't right here on the screen I wouldn't have a chance in hell of spelling it.

    You look very smart in that piccy. I wish we had more occasions to dress up:)

  2. The trouble is now you are a quinquagenarian you can't remember how old I am. I'm a year older now - 47! Ellie has pointed out that I do need to increase every year!

    Love those words. Brilliant. Also really like that photo of you.

    Was going to say something else but my 47 year old brain has forgotten now!

  3. Umm I think it might be more than a year since you went from being a very extended 46 to 47. And once Evan and Flynn start taking more notice I'm afraid you'll no longer be able to get away with being a quadragenarian.

  4. I have one more year left of being a quinquagenarian.

    I hope you do continue blogging after April 30, and plan on doing the challenge again next year.

    John Holton
    Blogging from A to Z 2015 Cohost
    The Sound of One Hand Typing

  5. Didn't know that term! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again!



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