You say it's your birthday?
Today I am 39. THIRTY NINE Ladies and Gentlemen! Alas, the final year of my thirties.
I remember having this incredible TAWANDA! feeling when I turned thirty. I had ARRIVED! Turning thirty somehow felt like the end of being a kid. Particularly in the professional sphere. I think I came into my own in my career in my early thirties. Overall, my thirties up to this point have been action packed.
On top of finally feeling like I found my place in the professional sense, I married a man who is the Webster definition of "your better half," took an 18 month sabbatical and traveled all over the world with him, swam 2,000 butterfly without taking a rest and had two beautiful children. The thirties have been good to me.
The thirty ninth year is off to a good start too. I woke up today to a birthday candle in my scrambled eggs and the two-year old Mayor sang Happy Birthday to me. That made me smile.
The Mayor will always be the best birthday present I ever received. Three years ago I found out I was pregnant with him on my birthday. (I found out I was pregnant with Rooster Girl on Christmas Day so she gets to be the best Christmas present ever.)
Tonight we have a babysitter and we're meeting four other couples out for dinner. Cross your fingers that we do not get any phone calls alerting us to the fact that our children have thrown up all over the house.
I am particularly impressed with the birthday cards this year. The first from my Aunt Nancy is pretty great and demonstrates how well she knows my sense of humor...
(Note to my family - Does that woman look alarmingly like Tomi's mom or what??!!)
My mannered Southern grandparents also managed great sillyness...
A paper pickle!
(A big, plastic pickle might have SERVED me better, but I will make do. Heh. Heh.)
So anyway, hip hip hooray for me and my 39th birthday.
Here I am 38 years ago on my 1st birthday doing what all good one-year olds are supposed to do... covering myself in chocolate cake. (Unlike us, my parents managed to have a working camera on hand.)