“We will be judged in the future on the actions we take today, on results. On this United Nations Day, let us rededicate ourselves to achieving them.” (Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General)
In honor of the day, I’m not celebrating. Last Sunday, when I was in the mood to celebrate, the weather was glorious and I decided to do something I have never ever done before. I decided to take a ride on the Lincoln Park Zoo Carousel in my birthday suit. Point in fact is that, after working at the zoo for a full year, I had never been on the carousel in any way, shape or form. It’s a real beauty. This is not your run of the mill carousel. All of the animals are rare, endangered and threatened by extinction. I can relate to that, so I figured what the hey? The perfect spot for my annual photo self-portrait.
This birthday suit self-portrait business got started the year I turned fifty. I have no idea what I was thinking when I took that photo and whatever it was, I compounded the insanity by sending it to the email list of BCMA (Book Club My Ass). What can I say? I guess it’s a lame defense to note that I was wearing a crown of autumn leaves that my friend Marci made-not with that purpose in mind, I’m certain.
Since then, I get a fair amount of ribbing this time of year about the next installment. Annie Leibovitz I’m not (that woman can make any middle aged woman, in any condition, a thing of beauty). Nevertheless, here it is so now you can stop sending e-mails on this subject for another year. Oh. Did I mention that Rich is a whiz with photoshop?
(Abby just called and announced that she was coming by this evening with a cake. Yes, the good news is that I am in Florida working on my Big Project. Rich is back in Chicago but he sent flowers. Happy United Nations Day!)