Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"What Do You Want For Your Birthday, Hunny?"

The countdown is on. In just six more days, I will be 35 years old. I remember a day when that number sounded so old. Now it's just a number. A number which reminds me that the clock will continue to move forward, my boobs will continue downwards, my butt will continue outward, but my optimism will continue to rise upwards.

Some things you just can't fight. Like those lines that mysteriously appeared around my eyes the day after I gave birth to son #2. Although a bit premature, I think it was God's way of preparing me for the other surprises my body had in store.

When my feet swelled so large during pregnancy and forced me to replace running shoes with bunny slippers...I laughed. When after I gave birth I realized that not only were my feet not going to return to normal size; they were going to stay 2 different sizes...I cried. When my bathing suit began to act more like the rubber band around the Sunday paper: trying desperately at all cost to hold everything in...I cried harder.

Age is a gift that is frequently misunderstood. We all pray that we live long enough to see our children grow; their children grow and so on. And somehow during all those years we also feel we're entitled to stay beautiful.

Doesn't sound like an unrealistic request.

So what do I want for my birthday? Here are a few suggestions for the gift givers in my life:

1) A shoe company that appreciates that not everyone's feet are the same size, and therefore decides to sell their shoes A La Carte.

2) A Non-Caloric Hot Fudge Sundae.

3) An eye wrinkle cream that, dare I say...works!

4) A mirror that lies well.

5) A small case of amnesia that temporarily causes me to believe I'm 29 again.

All right, all joking aside, you can't wrap amnesia. So, I guess I have no choice but to "hang in there"....literally!


Anonymous said...

35 was a magical number for me. I Lost my hang-ups, let go of the hurts of a father who didn't care, and really settled into my own skin. I hope your birthday is one where you can say, "Life just keeps getting better and better."

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great list! I wish for all those things too. I hope you enjoy your birthday even though it feels like just a number, it's still a great reason to celebrate life.

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Have a wonderful Birthday when it arrives! I just had my 21 + 10 Birthday on the 17th...

Love the Birthday wishes...

I made sure I did a pamper me day for my Birthday. I got a manicure and pedicure and went to the beauty salon to get my hair done. I never do that stuff on a regular basis! I'm too busy working, being the Mrs. and running after four children.

I'd love to try to stay fit and preserve my sexy as I get older! I can only wish...

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Jennifer said...

I am living your life. I'm not even kidding... well, okay, maybe not so much with the different sized feet (well, at least not 2 sizes difference!), but everything else? Oh. Yeah.

ethelmaepotter! said...

So funny and TRUE!
When you get that no-cal hot fudge sundae, would you send one my way, too, please?

Insanitykim said...

Yeah I have been 35 for about 3 1/2 months now and really, it's just like being 25! And really, I am delusional!

Jillian Livingston said...

I'm so glad that I am not the only mommy criminal out there, sneaking the survival pack into the theater.

Happy birthday in advance. Your birthday is a day after my soon to be five year old. Actually, I have two Scorpio's in the house.

You may enjoy my post on being in your forties since you are getting closer...just kidding, you still have five good years to enjoy your youth...http://www.isdisnormal.com/2009/06/29/loving-forties/

Melissa aka Equidae said...

we are too vain I suppose, but we can always hope for miracles :)