Saturday, April 09, 2011

HIGH..........on life!

 By Maxcyne Motte Yaworsky

     I am sure that many of you have already celebrated the esteemed event of reaching your seventy -fifth birthday, or will do so soon. I recently reached that pinnacle on March the twenty -fifth. What used to be a beautiful Spring birthday in Carolina is now a mid-Winter birthday in Utah! Here I am, celebrating atop one hundred and thirty-six inches of the world's most fantastic powder snow! This is Snowbasin, Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic Slalom ski races. The peak behind me is Mount Ogden, rising to an altitude of 9,400 feet. I am standing on one of the eastern slopes, twenty minutes drive from the city of Ogden, at the foot of the western slopes. We have now lived in Ogden for thirty-six years, and skied these slopes for thirty six of the forty -two seasons that we have enjoyed skiing.

     This year, by virtue of my advancing age, Snowbasin Ski Resort will allow me free lift passes for the remainder of my life! It doesn't seem that unusual to be still skiing at this age. The really difficult part is getting on all the ski gear and then trying to lean over far enough to fasten six buckles and four velcro straps on your ski boots!

     For all of this, there is a song in my heart and a prayer of gratitude on my lips. Two years ago I was undergoing surgery, chemo therapy and radiation for cancer. My seventy-fifth was a " great gift" , and I will look upon each birthday now as an even greater gift!

     I wish everyone a happy seventy-fifth year! There is still much to come!  -MMY