A Woman Never Tells

Oh, the lessons I could tell and the wisdom I could channel as I approach another birthday, making me all the wiser. Wisdom earned, not through deep regrets or extended bouts of brokenness, but mostly through persistence, purposeful direction, and a healthy dose of Divine intervention. Plenty of blood, sweat, and tears too. I could tell you how I climbed out of the depths of darkness as a young woman and why that part of my history makes the sunshine I bask in every morning so much brighter. I could tell you what it felt like to be the first among my hard-working clan to earn, not one, but two college degrees with distinction, and an additional rigorous graduate certificate (and how great it feels to not owe a scholarly cent!). I could tell you about the many seasons of a seasoned marriage. I could tell you about the pains and wonder of natural childbirth and the not so joyous weeks of confined bedrest leading up to a miracle experienced and witnessed. I could tell you about vegan living and the never-ending task of washing and chopping veggies, and growing them too. I could carry on about the gifts and challenges of being drawn to teach – a noble calling I will never completely leave. I could tell you what it feels like to have finally embraced a creative path over a year ago and why there is no turning back. I could tell you how magnificent and liberating it has been to have discovered parts of myself during our year of pandemic living. I could boast about feeling comfortable in my feminine skin after writing three womanly poetry collections. I could tell you what it is like to be a “wise” woman, but that story is still being written.

I could share these lessons and more with you, dear reader, and you might leave my post having gained more wisdom and insight, but that won’t happen today. Perhaps another time. 😉

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

Oscar Wilde

Enjoy your weekend. Mine will be an extended one, spent with Sammi Lee. She and I, the illustrator and poet, will be connecting at the airport where she will be landing soon, then we will travel to another state, where it is NOT already reaching 100 degrees F. in the afternoon. We will have a wonderful time reconnecting, exploring, and celebrating – my birthday and her recent University of Oregon graduation. Be well.💗 Michele

My mention of blood, sweat, and tears reminded me of my poem, “We are a Mess” ~ here is the link: We are a Mess – My Inspired Life

© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

109 thoughts on “A Woman Never Tells

      1. So sweet, thank you. 😊 I actually don’t mind sharing my age, but Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors, so hey, why not include his funny words that tie into my post. 😁

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    1. Yes! Thank you so much, Phil. We are excited. We are both into photography, so we will be out doing that. She has a much nicer camera than me, so perhaps I will share her photos instead of mine. haha Cooler weather – yay!! 🙏🏻😄🌞

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  1. Great sharing of a wonderful woman. You are an empowered soul my dear Michele. Wish you a very very happy birthday quetie Queen. I congratulate Sammi as well on her graduation ceremony. Enjoy your day n take care. Loves 😇💖

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    1. Thank you, Suma. You are very generous with your compliments. Very sweet of you. 😊 Thanks for the Sammi mention too. A major life milestone for her! You take care too. 🤗 💐

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  2. Alicia

    Michelle you have amaze me with everything you have accomplished this past year.
    I have enjoyed every story you wrote the books you and Sammi have written.
    Have fun on your mini vacation with Sammi.

    Happy a wonderful birthday!

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    1. It was a challenging year, as you know too well. I am grateful for the creativity and connection with special others found during the sadness and turmoil. Not just with me, of course. I know others were able to connect with their creative spirits during our confined living. Thank you so much, Alicia. 😊💐🌞

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  3. Poetpas

    Happy birthday Michele! Have fun with your daughter wherever you are going. One word of advice: Don’t wear a black bra underneath a white dress. Sorry…that’s 9 words…or 10 words if you count “don’t” as two😂😂 Cheers! 🥂

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    1. Thanks so much, it should be a good time.🌞Sammi will keep an eye on me so that it won’t too good of a time.😂 I try not to give advice – live and let live, you know. BTW… it is a navy blue tiny-top-bra-thing under a light blue dress and I will wear whatever I want. You should start a fashion blog! 🤣 Cheers! 🥂 No drinking until after we land though… they might need me to fly the plane.👩🏻‍✈️

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      1. Poetpas

        You can’t have “too good of a time” I think but what do I know. You try not to give advice. Lol 😂 Aren’t you a teacher? I could’ve sworn the dress in the picture was white. Best get my eyes checked 😆 I should start a fashion blog yes. Wait, you aren’t the pilot? My my… Enjoy!

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      2. haha Maybe so, I don’t believe I have ever had that “good of a time” to know. I should explore, after all I am not getting any younger. 😆 “Advice” – good point… I did forget a smiling emoji after that thought, but there is a difference between modeling a lesson/behavior and telling someone that is how they should behave. But, you got me-I am sure I have given plenty of advice to the youngins. 😉 Your eyes are fine (I guess)-the black and white photo changed the light blue to light white. haha Yay, can’t wait for more fashion tips! I will just be an unmatched mess until then. 😆 I have the day off from the cockpit – I can just sit back, relax, and read an ebook. 😁

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    1. Thanks, Brad! I appreciate your celebratory wishes. 😊 Not sure if I deserve that title, but I suppose with each passing year we do get a little wiser. If we are really smart, we learn when it’s the right time to just have fun! 🤩

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  4. Nice one! I enjoyed this post particularly because I have a Birthday coming up this week and despite the advice of Oscar Wilde I will be telling my age on the day. I consider it is a triumph to still be alive and living and enjoying my life. Have an enjoyable trip and safe travels to you Michele.

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  5. Thanks, Anne! 😊A bit of subtle bragging, but if not now, when?!? Happy Birthday to you!! Enjoy. 🤩 I do love Oscar’s writing but I also don’t follow his advice. I will tell anyone who asks-I too am grateful to be here. Every day is a gift. 💖

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    1. I happily accept your generous wishes. Thank you, Pragalbha. I am pleased you were able to glean some wisdom from my boastful paragraph.😊 Life is an interesting and often unpredictable journey, made even more enjoyable when we can share and learn from each other. 🌻 Enjoy your Sunday.

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  6. OK wise woman, have a FAN-TABULOUS and very Happy Birthday! Age ain’t nothin’ but a number girlfriend. Persistence, purpose and Divine intervention are critical components to living a healthy and wise life. All I have to say Michele…”Keep Dancin’.” 💃🏼🎈🎂🥳🍾🍹🎶

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    1. Thank you, times two. 😀 We are off to a great start! Today is sure to be a great time and tomorrow we will be out taking photos in cooler temps, so I am thrilled, on all accounts. Have a wonderful day and week ahead. 🌞 📷

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    1. Yes, Diana, I agree about your age comment. Turning 20 was hard for me me because I realized I would no longer be a teenager-it was time to be a “grown-up,” but since then birthdays have been more of a blessing than a burden for me. Some days/months/years can be a struggle, but overall life is a fascinating experience and each day is a gift. So are talented people like you.💝🦋🌞Thank you. 🙏

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    1. A lovely comment to read at the start of my actual birthday. 😊 I feel nice and bubbly. 😆 Thank you very much for the birthday wishes and positive comments. Greatly appreciated. 💐

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so happy you enjoyed it. 😊 We have had an amazing time. Our trip is winding down-heading home soon. It has been wonderful. 🥰 I saw a few collage prints that reminded me of your work. 😁

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    1. Thank you, Jaya. So very sweet! 💗 We had a wonderful time – a memorable extended weekend that wrapped up last night (my actual birthday). 😊 I may share a few thoughts about our trip and photos tomorrow. Thank you for appreciating the title – I had fun with the ironic direction of this piece. 😆

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  8. Happy belated Birthday, Michele!🎉😁❤ I think I am two days late, but I am a very slow typer. I started this comment on your birthday…it wasn’t late then…wait…what? haha 😂 On a side note I was also the first in my immediate family to earn a degree! Go us! 🙌

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      1. Haha Funny, but a lot of truth to what you write. They did away with required keyboarding (where I live) years ago and my students did not know how to type! Ridiculous, in our 21st century living. Watching too many students type with two fingers drove me insane! 😂

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