35 - 18

I dropped off my daughter with the sitter this morning and as I walked back to the car, I came to the realization that I am now half-way to 70. This really doesn't bother me. Really. We get older. I really have no problem with that.

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The strange thing is that as I was walking back to the car I felt very much like a kid. Like a teenager. Which is, I guess, how I see myself. Much of the time anyway. I'm wearing jeans, a thermal with a printed tee over it, and red Converse One-Stars. I don't feel like I'm fighting growing up. I've pretty well got growing up under my belt. I've been married 13 years. Got a 2-year-old and another on the way. I'm fully "adult".

Do you get to the point where you actually feel "adult"???

I haven't gotten to that point yet. And I hope I never do.

I always feel like I've got more to learn. I know that I'm not the best at anything. There's always someone better. Sad, but true.

Some things have changed. Responsibility changes some of our actions and choices. I don't drive like I used to. Though I'm still more likely to pass than be passed... I spend less. I would rather be home with my family than just about anything.

But some things have not changed. I still feel like the goofy kid who was never fully in the "in" crowd, but not fully out of it either. I would still rather laugh. I still try to find the fun in any situation. 'Cause if it's not fun, I'd rather do something else.

So, for this still-goofy 35-year-old, I hope I always feel this way. 35, going on 19.DSC_0011_400x250.shkl.JPG

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10 Responses to "35 - 18"

Tahd said... December 8, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Happy birthday!!

Kevin said... December 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I wasn't on the computer over the weekend, so...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

By the way... #2 helps to make you start feeling a little older. Then there's #3... not too far into that, but my back hurts a little more and I'm tired. I'm old... and I'm younger than you!! :)

Keith said... December 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Kev, it's all that stooping over the desk, studying by candlelight...

I'm older. But you've got more paper on the wall. It's my contention that diplomas/degrees add to physical age exponentially. So, I'm older, but your brain is more worn out!

pattalena said... December 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Happy Birthday Kiddo!
40 feels like an adult. You feel like you're now one of the people who run the world. Even if no one else takes you seriously!

Singing Mom said... December 8, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Hi. Happy Birthday to you. I still think of you as age 3, or 5, or 9, or 19. That makes me 25!!!

jordan fowler said... December 8, 2008 at 4:58 PM

I am half way to 80 almost. My mom put the whole thing in perspective as she said, "Your oldest daughter is nine. You are half way through with the time you have to raise her. Have you given her at least half of what she needs." That will make you swallow hard and almost pee your pants.

julie said... December 9, 2008 at 12:50 PM

I've had the advantage of being the youngest at work (like you have now) and enjoyed it to the fullest. I no longer hold that title, but I still don't feel like a full-fledged adult. There is so much I do not know, some insecurities that I may not ever out-grow, and some things I've not yet experienced, even with being a grandma of 2! So I'm guessing that I'll never completely feel like an adult. That's my hope, anyway. Happy Birthday!

Emily said... December 9, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Happy birthday :-)

Chris said... December 10, 2008 at 10:59 PM

I said the same thing to my mother when she turned 35. I was 7.

Happy birthday Sarge!

Ronnie Burgesss (a.k.a Mandoron) said... December 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Happy Birthday!

Ironically... as I'm reading this, I've got the exact same shoes on. Gotta love the red One Stars.

Fortunately, I'm 4 months shy of 35!

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