Monday, March 16, 2009

Ode to My 30's

Today is my last day in the decade known as my '30's.

It feels about the same way as the day before a scheduled root canal. It's a day you've been dreading for weeks, stewing over, trying to think of any excuse you can to skip the appointment, but eventually have to come to the conclusion that you best just get it over with.

Except I've never had a root canal. I prefer to just let my teeth fall out. I've got a little problem going on with the dentist.

But I think that's probably what it would feel like.

The past 10 years have been pretty awesome. A lot of stuff happened. Mostly good, some bad. A fair amount of Griswold luck. We bought our first home and added two more children into our brood. I've worked, I've stayed home, I've learned how to bake pumpkin scones.

I parented for a full 10 years with the occasional vacation paired with food poisoning. I discovered that marriage gets better as you both get older and 'mature' (snort!).

I aged 10 years. I think I'm officially a grown up. At least I think I should be since I'm going to be officially middle aged.

I'm going to miss being 39.

But there's lots to look forward to in my 40's.

The Eldest graduating.

The Baby starting school.

Going back to work.

The Boy graduating.

Vacations.

Menopause.

My boobs falling down to my stretch marks.

Dentures.

Weddings.

Grandchildren.

Oh, god, I just threw up in my mouth.

I'm going to go have a cry, then apply some moisturizer to my crows feet.

And go enjoy my last day of being in my thirties by taking the Princess ice skating and hopefully not breaking my bum hip.

7 comments:

~liz said...

you are inspiring! :) i am very much enjoying my 30s as you described, and i agree about marriage. :)
i love your blog posts....and now i'm cravign pumpkin scones.

Ellie said...

Oh Colleen...you are so funny! I am looking forward to my 40's, I found it harder to hit 30....well so far anyway, I do have another month and a half...God you're old! (Just kidding) Your 30's sounded very similar to mine. I hope you have a fabulous day today enjoying your last day in the 30's and I hope you have an even better day tomorrow as you begin the unknown decade called our 40's. Happy Birthday my friend!

Ellie

colleen4 said...

@ Liz...I crave pumpkin scones on Tuesdays too.

@ Ellie...I had a hard time with turning 30 as well. Thanks for the wishes.

Liz said...

Just think...
Mom was still having babies in her 40's.

YOU'RE SO YOUNG!!! HAVE FUN!

colleen4 said...

@ ~liz (again). Except today is Monday, isn't it. Odd.

@ Sister Liz...you're dang right I'm still young. 40 is the new 30. Or so I've been told. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Bridget said...

I'll be right there with you in October! Sounds like I'll be in good company! :)

colleen4 said...

@ Bridget - I survived my first day over here on the other side. It's not so bad.