As I reflect on my upcoming birthday....I remember past birthdays. When I was a kid, I always hated the fact that I wasn't in school and therefore my stay-at-home Mom couldn't bring cupcakes to my class and celebrate. I remember having lots of family birthday parties because school was always out and friends were off vacationing.
I remember turning 10 and my family getting together yet still reeling from my uncle's tragic accident that broke many bones and rendered him with a jaw wired shut.
I remember turning 16 and all the fun and gifts that came my way. I actually remember turning 16 while on a family vacation to Las Vegas...I was in Dallas on my birthday...I remember it was hot...and while in Vegas my Dad refused to drive us to LA to the Hard Rock Cafe. He was so cruel. ;-)
I remember turning 18 and preparing to go off to college....I remember standing in my dorm room window and jerking it open and yelling at my parents that I was afraid I'd forgotten something. Just cause I didn't want them to leave yet.......
I remember turning 21 while I was away at college taking summer classes. Most of my friends were still at home and hadn't returned to school yet....so it was me and a few friends downing tequila shots at Applebees. Woo!
I remember turning 22 and thinking..."What am I going to do with myself now that I'm about to graduate and become an adult." Wow...how young I was....
I remember turning 24 and believing I'd met the man of my dreams. I hated his Mom, nevermind he was a Momma's boy, but I loved him. Yea....about 4 months later I saw the light.
I remember turning 27 and counting the days until I married Shooter....we were about a month away from our wedding date.
I remember turning 29 and being in a depression for the next 6 months as I contemplated turning 30.
I remember turning 30 and thinking, "This aint' so bad!"
I remember turning 33 and having a bit of a mid-life crisis.
I remember turning 35 and wondering where the heck the years have gone!
Now, as I am facing 36....I can say that I'm happy with me. I'm happy with my marriage and completely in love with Shooter. I love my pups dearly...but desperately want a human child to add to the household. I am content with my job and the things it affords us. I am happy with God and church and all my friends. The one thing I'm certain of is that things will change. Luckily, with each passing year, things have changed for the better....oh some years were a change for the worse....but in general I've made many leaps forward. 36 ain't so bad....plus I got to grow up in the 80s when some of the best music ever was made!!!!! (but that's a discussion for another post)