Saturday, August 23, 2008

the best of times

Stu has kindly been telling people I'm celebrating my "20 x 2" birthday. It's sweet, and just hearing the "She's twenty..." part lightens me; I tune out the rest.

But the fact is I have lived through four decades and they have been fantastic. Here are some personal highlights:

Decade the First:
  • Going to Disneyland with my grandparents when I turned 5
  • Loving kindergarten wholeheartedly, even though it was where I learned left-handers are a minority (only one pair of the green rubber-gripped scissors in the room; bumping into classmates's arms when we drew letters in the air)
  • Gaining a superb dad
  • My sister entering the world

Decade Two:

  • Playing clarinet in an award-winning junior high band (Shut up, I was still cool)
  • Going to 3 World Fairs - Spokane, Knoxville, Vancouver B.C.
  • Acquiring a Canadian boyfriend
  • Wild [for me] times at Washington State University
  • Seeing Roy Orbison and INXS in concert
  • Meeting my man

Decade the Third:

  • First grey hairs appear; coloring frenzy begins
  • Graduating WSU, despite wild times
  • Marrying my man
  • Teaching at a middle school & a group home for adjudicated youth
  • Three whirlwind days in London
  • Seeing Harry Connick Jr. in concert [TWICE!]
  • Giving birth to this brilliant kid

Decade Four:

Life is good.

15 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday, dear bad mom.
Happy Birthday, to you.

CamiKaos said...

Happy birthday to one incredibly woman

PS... I am a little more than slightly envious that you saw Roy Orbison in concert!

holly said...

happy happy birthday!

*i* am envious of your double harry viewings! loves me some harry!

EatPlayLove said...

Happy Birthday! Safe travels home. Don't go kicking and screaming, it makes the serious folks in customs nervous!

Btw..I met my man in my second decade, when you put it that way, wow.

Lisa Milton said...

Happy, happy birthday. Can't wait to see how the next decade plays out.

ox

Shana said...

What a great way to recount your decades. Now I'm reminiscing about my decades and I must say, the more recent ones far outweight the early ones in terms of greatness. So this next one should be quite the wild ride for all of us in the 40+ party boat.

Moxy Jane said...

Wheeee...it's birthday time!! What a nice thing to do for oneself...remembering the best times and letting the rest just pass away.

I will officially become "middle-aged" next Wednesday. Well, if I live to be 72, that is!

Have a fantastic birthday and may all your dreams keep coming true!!

Moxy Jane

dkuroiwa said...

Happy Happy Birthday! or as we say over here..."omedeto gozaimasu"!!!
Have a superb day!!!

McSwain said...

Welcome to my decade! Now you can make it yours. Enjoy your birthday. Just think, with all those wonderful things in your past, and so much living left to do, and life experience to inform you as you go... what's next?!

katydidnot said...

life really is good.

happy birthday x 2.

or x 12.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Birthday.

Stellar life recap.

Oliver Rain said...

Happy 2 x 20. You have done some wonderful things. Don't you know 40 is the new 20. I still have a couple of years to go, but no way would I go back to the turmoil of my early 20s.

Have a great day! i'll have a drink and toast you.

Mel, A Dramatic Mommy said...

Happy 20 x 2! Safe journey home!

San Diego Momma said...

Happy birthday!
I love the idea of giving thanks for each decade. May I copy it on my 20 x 2 birthday?

Texan Mama @ WhoPutMeInCharge said...

Have an awesome birthday.

And don't look down on 40. You're still younger than Dara Torres. And she's pretty awesome... I'd pay big money for her body. So you're one year better than her!

Best wishes to you, a special day for a special woman.

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