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On Birthdays

June 4th, 2007 by Halli

Having just passed another year’s milestone, I have taken a moment to reflect on that dreaded event, the birthday.

Most women of my age are in a permanent holding pattern at 29 (or even 39), loathe to admit that they add 1 to their age with the passing of each new year. Some men are even hesitant to observe the anniversary of their birth. Almost universally, birthdays bring taunting from the younger set, commiseration from peers, and groans from the birthday girl or boy.

(Our oldest daughter used to tease her father on each birthday that he was “half way to 100”, or whatever. That suddenly ceased as she is approaching the age of 30 herself!)

I happen to see this anniversary of birth a little differently. I love the celebration, attention from family and friends, expressions of love and friendship, and the small (and large!) remembrances I receive.

In my own naturally unbiased opinion, I feel I get better with each passing year. I am smarter, wiser, more compassionate and understanding. I have observed more of life and learned from the mistakes of others as well as my own. I am less motivated by “keeping up with the Joneses”, and more motivated by family, friends, and the truly lasting.

I refuse to believe that the best is in the past and I enjoy being a grandmother. There are very few moments in my life I would wish to relive, though admittedly there are a few I wish I could “do over” with my increased wisdom and perspective.

In retrospect, I don’t know why my husband married the immature, self-assured, callow child of 20 that I was when we tied the knot. All bright young men should get ahead in life instantly by marrying a 50- or even 60-year-old woman of wisdom. Imagine the advantage an older wife would bring to the union, with her life experience, sagacity, and common sense!

Yes, I enjoy my birthdays, every one. And as I like to tell my octogenarian friends, birthdays surely do beat the alternative!

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Posted in Family Matters, General | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. humble pie Says:

    “In my own naturally unbiased opinion, I feel I get better with each passing year. I am smarter, wiser, more compassionate and understanding.”

    you should try to get more humble each year instead

  2. Halli Says:

    With all due respect, I am only judging my older self against my younger self. I AM smarter, wiser, more compassionate and understanding than I was a few years ago. Wouldn’t it be sad if I was not making any progress, not continuing to mature, not consciously improving with each passing year. I certainly hope you can say the same about yourself. Otherwise, would there be any point to life?

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