09 September 2009

On Being 39



I’ve held off posting about this… because, as I told a friend, being 39 is such a bleah event: You don’t yet quite have the excuse of having a midlife crisis, yet you’re nowhere near the vicinity of “young and fresh” anymore. Now I do look forward to being 40 next year, though. Forty is the new “coming of age” age.


That said, I did have a great birthday. The kids made me this card:
Front of the cardThe front cover

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The inside of the card. Josh said he got tired that’s why he didn’t finish writing “birthday.” The mad scribbling was Zoë’s contribution, apparently.


AND Josh wrote and sang me this song (the words to the notes on the card):
I love you, I miss you
(Yes, the song only has two lines that repeat ad nauseam, with each repeat of the line higher and higher in pitch.)

and Zoë would finish up the song with
I love you so much.
I love these kiddos. So much.

Chris got me the Wii Fit and we’ve been having fun with the crazy exercises. I found out that I’m VERY good at hula hoops, but totally suck at heading off soccer balls. Both kids get way higher scores at that than me.


As if being one year away from 40 is not enough reminder that I’m getting on in age, some wise guy thought it was a good idea to plaster our high school pics all over Facebook! The nerve! I felt like somebody raided my box of high school photos.

It was great, though, to see some old familiar faces and even greater still to read the comments that some have left under the photos. Still the same wacky, irreverent humor I remember. I went through the comments and couldn’t stop laughing. I saw our prom photos and just marveled at how much hairspray we must have used to get our hair up the way it did. I saw us in our PE uniform, in our regular uniform and wondered how on earth we’d ever thought we were cool.

Looking through the pics made me feel like I’d stepped back into our carefree high school days, those days when we felt that everything was about us. I had a ball in high school. Looking back on those days always makes me smile.

19 COMMENTS:

ModernMom said...

I'm heading for 39 myself. I am trying to convince myself it is the new 20! Happy Birthday:)

Keyona said...

Happy Birthday sweetie! May you be blessed with many more! :o)

Leslie said...

awww i love those sweet cards!!!!

yeah 40 is the new 30 dont you know? LOL I will be 37 in march..*sigh*

Happy Bday day my blogger friend!

Wanda said...

Ah yes......I can (almost) remember being 39. (Yup, if I strain myself.)

Enjoy it - it just gets better. Happy Birthday!!

blueviolet said...

Happy 39th!!! What a darling card. I know you'll treasure that one forever.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Happy birthday to a great blogger friend. You deserve to have a wonderful day whether you're in your thirties or heading towards 40. Trust me...it's really just a number!

Your kids are absolutely adorable and so very smart. I'm in awe of Josh's composing and of course, Z chiming in with him to finish the song.

Just think, in a few more years, they will be in the kitchen making you a birthday cake!

Happy Birthday!

Jennifer said...

Agh, those people on FB who post those terrible black mail pictures! LOL! I know oh-so-well the feelings you're having. So close to 40, looking back at our years in high school. Yes, yes, and yes. On another note, I love how sweet your kids are. They are so obviously in love with you. :-) Their song probably would have had me in tears!

Hope your birthday was happy, fun, and full of love!

Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

Happy Birthday!!! I love the second photo with the music notes, so creative and sweet.

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday!!

(((hugs)))

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lindy said...

That's funny. I do much better in the soccer than I do the hula hoop.

But the Wii fit lady can go to hell with her little snarky comments about my balance and if I "find myself running into things."

golonghorns said...

Aww, cute card and fun song. Happy Belated Birthday wishes!

Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

I love the music notes!! How awesome as if they were singing in the card to you. The dreaded high school pictures, glad to know I have been lucky so far to not have any posted. Enjoy this time....just think in a few years you will wish you were 39 again. Happy Birthday!!

Karie

Nezzy said...

Hallmark has nothing on these two inspired artist. You are a baby compared to this old gal, I'm looking a 57 on the 14th but I sure don't feel it. I once hula hooped a parade when I was eight only droppin' it once. Oops, am I bragging??? Hope you had a wonderfully blessed birthday!!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy 39th! And I hear that the eye-head coordination thing goes downhill with every passing year. That may be why soccer is a problem. Heh. The husband hit 40 a few weeks ago... and... you know... he looks and acts EXACTLY the same. I thought for sure he would grow wrinkles overnight or something.

Nezzy said...

Thanks for droppin' in and in the words of Granny Clampett, "Ya'll come back now, ya hear!"

sandy said...

What a sweet card. I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday!!!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Happy Birthday!..Don't worry about turning 40! They say 40 is the new 20! (Take it from someone who's 45!)

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

Happy Belated!! I have the Wii Fit too - I'm great at the soccerball game, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out the hula hoop one. I absolutely suck at it. My kids laugh hysterically while I try however - that is certainly a plus.

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