I turn 57 today.  October 6th.

Well, my birth certificate lists my actual birth time at 10:38 am… but I’m taking the whole 24 hours, thank you very much, beginning right now at 12:00 midnight, October 6th.  As my Mom tells it… my Mom was staying with my Dad’s parents at their Michigan farm while my Dad, in the Navy, was out-to-sea.  My Mom began to feel some pretty hefty contractions, and she asked my grandfather to take her to the hospital.  He did.  He drove my Mom in his rickety pick-up truck and dropped her off at the door to the hospital.  It was snowing that October 5th evening as they drove through the night.  My Mom would labor all night and into the morning, all alone, and deliver me… a 8 lb. 3 oz. girl.  Me.  She named me Sharon Ann.  I am the second of her three children and her only daughter.

My Mom was a long way from her big extended family of her mom and siblings and cousins in Boston, Massachusetts… but my Mom loved my Grandma Martin, my Dad’s mother, and I was brought home to that big old farm in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  My Dad would meet me three weeks later when he came home on leave and I immediately and forever became “Daddy’s little girl.”  I like to think of that farm in Michigan as my first home, and my Mom has always obliged that wonderful feeling.

57 years ago today.  I thank my Mom for all the love and patience she had 57 years ago and every day since.

I’ve been thinking about 57 for a little while now.  It is a kind of random birthday, not like those big milestone ones of 13, 21, 30, 40, etc.  But I like the sound of 57. 


I’ve been thinking about 57.  All that’s happened.  And all that will happen.  The things I can control.  And the things I cannot control.  I like the sound of 57.

I’ve been thinking about that song by Five for Fighting100 Years.  I’ve been thinking that I’m going to be 57 for a moment.  A seeming moment in time.  And I want to capture as much in that “moment” of 57 as I possibly can.

So here’s my birthday plan.

I am going to accomplish 57 things during the next 52 weeks.  57 things that I’ve wanted to do, or put off doing, things that I think are just plain fun or fabulous and even things that I am terrified to do.  57 things that I will check off my Bucket List during the next 52 weeks.  Many of these things will include my husband and children, and especially my 9 grandchildren… and some will be just me with me.  I think 57 has brought wisdom enough to begin formulation of my list… and I am up to #25.  I am open to, and welcome, suggestions… suggestions that I, of course, may accept or decline!  I am willing to listen and to learn.

I will give you my list… 57 in 52.

I will.

But today, on my 57th birthday,  I will be checking off #1.  This one terrifies me.  Terrifies me.  But I will do it.  I promise.   Because I’m 57 For A Moment.

I will be back later today with photos and video.


I’m loving 57 already!

57 was last modified: July 15th, 2010 by Sharon Couto
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  1. Happy Birthday my sweet friend!! In true Sharon fashion, you are taking 57 by the horns. I can’t wait to see what you’ve decided to conquer today and the other 56 things on your bucket list. It’s a great idea. I may have to steal it in December! Have a wonderful day!!

  2. 57, yes a good number, one in which I will be joining you soon. You are a fine example of a ‘big sister’ to look up to. Not a sister of my flesh and blood, but truly a sister of my heart and soul.

    In complete humility, I will try to follow your footsteps.

    Happy Birthday to my dearly beloved friend.

    Much Love,

  3. Happy birthday, Sharon! I love and admire you so much for seizing the moment– I can’t wait to watch you tackle that list.

  4. Sharon, I can’t think of anyone who could embrace a positive and thoughtful challenge more! I’m grateful to know you — have a fantastic birthday! xoxo Christine

  5. Sharon, among the many things I love about you is the way you approach life. You have such joy and excitement in the way you live that others can’t help but be inspired by you. You don’t take life sitting down, watching it pass and pointing out the things that aren’t the way you want them to be…you get out there and find the beauty in the every day. I love it, my friend and I love you. Have a happy 57th! I’m so proud to know you and I can’t wait to see what you’re up to today!

  6. Sharon, I hope you have the happiest of birthdays!! There’s something so nice about birthdays in the fall. 🙂 And I love your idea about the 57 things – I can’t wait to hear more details. But, in the meantime, enjoy your special day!

  7. Happy Birthday Precious Sharon, I admire your zeal for life. You are an inspiration to me and other women. I have one to add to your list for this year. How about some of us bloggy buddies meeting in Benton Harbor Michigan for a weekend? Bacardi Mama and I live close by. It’s just a suggestion. Enjoy every second of your special day today.

  8. A very happy birthday to you! Can’t wait to see your bucket list!! Hmm…that came out with the best of intentions, but may have come across wrong. LOL

  9. Happy Birthday!!! I love the 57 in 52 idea, very clever. Whatever #1 ends up being I hope it’s great and everything you hoped it would be. Have a great day and I’ll be anxious to see your list 🙂

57 was last modified: July 15th, 2010 by Sharon Couto