Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lordy, Lordy, I Am Forty!

Birthdays are not my kind of thing.  Far, far from it.  I don't know why I hate them so much because the alternative to growing old is not something I want to delve into anytime soon.  So, I'm forty today.  And, I am thankful to be alive to experience this birthday.  Truly, I am.  It's just that I got here way too quickly. 

Seems like just yesterday I was sitting in a classroom writing out a timeline assignment.  We were suppossed to write our dream timeline of what we want out of life.  For sentimental sake I saved mine and recently took it out for a reread.  I must have laughed for a good ten minutes.  Here is a sampling of those youthful delusions:

Write a few bestselling novels.           (Um, nope.  Not yet.)
Buy a private island and live there.     (I wish.)
Marry Charlie Sheen.                        (I dodged a bullet with that one!)

As surprising as this sounds, my dream future did not include a mortgage, car loan, a child that told me he would rather go to bed at 7 o'clock in the evening than put away the dishes and a pile of dirty laundry sitting in the hallway.  My life is full of sweet stuff.  No kidding.  And, it's not just the Hershey Chocolate Syrup I like to drink straight from the bottle and skip the step of mixing it with milk.  The sweet stuff is in the little details. 

Like the other day when I arrived at my son's school for his basketball game and the way his eyes lit up when he saw me walk through the door.  Or, on Sunday when I got to sit in a room with my dad and my husband and watch them watch the Daytona 500.  And, how they both yelled, "There it is!" at the exact same minute in response to a wreck.  It was in knowing ahead of time who my dad would pick for the best driver to ever race a car.  Richard Petty followed by Dale Earnhardt, for the record.  It's the two dogs fighting for the right to lay across my feet.  I think there's room for them both.  They don't agree. 

My life hasn't exactly matched up with the fictional timeline.  No private island, just a house with a mortgage and an overflowing laundry room, but I don't care.  Because, I'm forty and I'm not dead yet.  There's still time to get to the bestselling novels.  I'm letting go of the whole marriage to Charlie Sheen idea, though.   

14 comments:

  1. Funny how things turn out for us, isn't it :D

    Happy Birthday

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  2. I loved your post! It's so true, once you hit a certain age time flies by and 40 just seems to come all too quickly. Right now I'm approaching 30 and wondering where time has gone!

    I love how you find meaning in the small things, I think that's important. It's all that really matters when it comes down to it. The intimate experiences we have with the ones we love.
    Thanks for sharing your reflections as you turn 40 :)

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  3. As an 18 year old, I do not look forward to the day when I become 40. It signals the end of a young life. I though becoming 18 was the end of childhood and immaturity! Hope your best selling novel work continues!
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  4. Life is full of grateful moments - like not Mrs. Sheen! and sweet ones - like having your child eyes light up with gratitude when he sees you.

    As one who is well beyond your years, I say embrace the 40s! What's a mtn. of laundry when you have the love of your family around you.

    Happy Birthday.

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  5. Happy Birthday to You Angii, Great post:) 40's not so bad we still have loads of time. And you never know you could still write the best seller, buy and Island and have a fling with Mister Depp
    :) LOL

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  6. Just stopping by from Blogplicity to say HAPPY BITHDAY! I got a good chucle about Charlie Sheen making your list. You definitely dodged a bullet on that one!! :)

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  7. Happy Birthday!
    I laughed out loud when I saw that you wanted to marry Charlie Sheen. With his behavior of late you sure did dodge a bullet!

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  8. Happy birthday! The 40's are the best decade! You're still young yet you are starting to reap the benefits of wisdom (re:Charlie Sheen). There's plenty of time to catch your dreams, starting today! :-)

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  9. A few days late...but Happy Birthday!

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  10. Charlie Sheen!? Gee I out paced him as a youngster, got into far worse scrapes and drunken escapades but I'm a model citizen since I married. Hey, keep loving the guy, there's time for him to change also.

    Happy Birthday Angii.

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  11. Happy Birthday!!

    This one made me laugh...and kind of inspired me to give that very assignment to my students :)

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  12. Hi Angii,

    Time surely does speed up the older we get. That said, being older really does allow us to put things in perspective and appreciate the things in life - the little things - that really are important. Something that comes with age and maturity, so celebrate each birthday as an opportunity to appreciate that you are older and wiser :)

    Your newest follower,
    Samantha

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  13. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I really appreciate it.

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  14. For me, life began at 40! I love this decade better than any that precedes it. I have a way of handling the age thing that makes me smile... Instead of saying I'm 44 (till Friday at least), I say "I'm approaching 45." (soon I'll be approaching 50). People just hear 45 and think I look fabulously young!!!!! It's silly, but it works for me :)

    Enjoy the 40's!!!

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