How on earth does it happen? Once upon a time I was 16 and now suddenly I’m about to be 48 years old. I mean, I was aware that time was moving along, as I finished high school and moved on to working life and then I got married and we had three children, but still it’s sort of shocking to me to acknowledge that almost a half a century has passed and while everything has changed in my life — I’m still very much me.
My sweet husband has been pestering me about my gift. He’s worried about not getting the right thing. First I told him I wanted a robe so that I could snuggle up in at night while I read. That idea didn’t appeal to him much. He didn’t like the idea of me having my own “snuggie” because he says he likes it when I snuggle up to him. After 28 years of marriage I guess that in itself is quite a birthday present to me!
Ten years ago I’d have wanted to go out and have dinner, maybe go dancing. Now, not so much. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy going out and having a nice time; it’s just that I’d rather enjoy myself at home with the people that mean the most to me. Unfortunately, a few of them are going to be away soaking up knowledge at big institutions on the East Coast. Sigh. Maybe they’ll remember to call.
A friend at work reminded me my birthday was Friday. I mean, I knew it was approaching, I just didn’t pay attention to the actual day. We laughed. I’ll bet that she doesn’t even realize what a present her playful teasing was to me! It is so wonderful to have friends who make fun of me for forgetting which day is my birthday.
Twenty years ago I would have wanted presents, and a cake, and maybe some drinks after a nice dinner. Now I want hugs, and I want time to just sit and enjoy the people I love.
I’m going to be 48 tomorrow and while I’m still absolutely 100% me, I’ve changed over the years. Once I was sure that birthdays meant streamers and cake and champagne and gifts, and now I’d really be okay with a comfy robe and a dinner with my youngest followed by some phone calls with my oldest kids.
I’m laughing because I’m thinking a robe plus champagne might be nice too.
Happy Birthday Me! And Happy Birthday to my friends who are also celebrating being born in October!