Thirty-Seven

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today is the day, it's my birthday! As a wee lass I thought someday you grew up and "turned into an adult" and that was that - the person you were before you were an adult would cease to exist. Maybe it's because I grew up in the 80's but I figured somewhere around 30 you had no choice but to get a sad perm and wear really big betty boop shirts with pink sweatpants and your most fabulous moment was senior prom. But luckily I realized that's just not the case - thank goodness because I never made it to prom.

I had a conversation a few years back with my paternal grandmother, one of my most favorite conversations I have ever had. We were talking on the phone about aging and my grandma, who is in her 80's said "I wake up in the mornings and I look in the mirror and sometimes I swear I am still shocked to see an old woman staring back at me because in my heart I still feel like a girl. I just expect to see that girl every time." It was such a profound sliver of honesty to me and was one of those moments when my perception opened up and was forever changed. Now when I look at her I don't see an old woman at all. I see a girl that has been fortunate to live long enough to have the outer shell of an old woman and I think it's just beautiful.  That conversation made me realize no matter how old I get I will still always be young - if I so choose. My grandparents have always been "old" to me but they are so youthful in their spirits. They subscribe to the progressive, they change with the times, they even voted for Ralph Nader back when Bush was first elected (er, I mean stole the election), they love big bang theory and they have always shown a genuine interest in all of their children and grandchildren. When my cousin loved Batman as a little boy my grandpa loved batman again too. Youth is all about learning and growing and I am pretty sure that I can do those two things forever.

So, if you have been reading my blog this week you know I was dreading applying the 3 + 7 to myself, for whatever illogical reasons. And I think there will always be an age or two that is more difficult to comes to terms with, but you know anticipation is always the worst part and today I am totally cool with it. I am happy to have friends of all ages here, and not here, that continue keeping me feel young by constantly broadening my perspectives and interest in the world around me. If my inner girl wants to kick and scream all the way to 97, I am okay with that, because I'd just like to keep her around for as long as possible (and keep expecting to see her in the mirror when I wake up in the mornings well into my 80's too).

Anyhoo, thirty-seven is too big of a number to share "37 things about myself" or "37 things I want to accomplish this year." But I will share my favorite song. (it's true, this really is my favorite song. i even have a pillow in honor of it. what can i say, i was born in the 70's). Oh, those outfits though, not so much.

31 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! I think it's so sweet to think of your grandparents as still young. Now that you say it, I can see it in mine too :) anyway, I hope you have one of the best days!

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  2. Oh, my dear new friend! Happy happy, happiest of birthdays to you! I'm sending warmest of wishes and joyous of hours to you as you trip through the day. I'm hoping that it doesn't feel as mile-stoney to you and only feels wonderful and fun. Each year, I feel better and better (I do have a couple years on you, you know!), and I hope that for you.

    What a wonderful story about your grandparents, and what wonderful role models they are for you. Youth isn't wasted on the young. It's us. Right here, right now. XOXO

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    1. thank you lauren. i definitely am happy to where i am and no one could pay me enough to go to 16 that's for sure. i always think about what oprah when she turned 40 - that she never felt better. i figure that can absolutely be true. xoxo

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  3. Happy birthday, dear Christine! What a wonderful post! Your grandma is a wise woman, a beautiful person. It is so true what they say: "you are as young as you feel". Enjoy your day!
    Ada

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  4. Happy Happy Happy Birthday Christine! I hope it's marvellous! That is the most beautiful story I've heard and definitely one I will remember. Your grandma is full of wisdom.

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  5. Happy happy happy happiest birthday, you wonderful woman. Age ain't nothing but a number, after all, which I realize is rich coming from the girl who only a month ago was losing her ish over turning 26, haha. I still feel like a 16 year old, and I sort of hope that feeling never goes away. I'm glad you don't feel like a grown up (in the bad perm sense of the word!). Your grandparents sound amazing. What wonderful people to have in your life! Enjoy your birthday and I hope those boys of yours spoil you rotten!! xoxo

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    1. i don't think it does. which i thought was maybe lame until my grandmother shared that, then i decided that it was actually pretty great. thanks boo xoxo

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  6. Happy Happy Birthday! May the sun always shine on you! I hope you'll have a beautiful year with the boys and the new camera and of course the old blog.... :)

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    1. oooh, yes, can't wait to get that new camera!!! thanks for the love xo

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  7. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

    when I feel like I am getting too old I watch this video and it makes me feel better:

    http://www.littlemonsterbaby.com/2012/03/on-living-long-and-healthy-life.html

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    1. i loved that lisa! thank you so much for sharing it with me xo

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  8. Haaaaappy rocking 37th b-day Christine!! And thanks for giving 'me' a gift = the lovely story of your grandmother's words and staying young in spirit. May your day be filled with lots of laughter, hugs, and uncontrollable giggles.

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    1. thank you so much : ) we had lots of giggles today xx

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  9. Happy birthday!!!

    I wish you a very glad new year!

    xo Franka

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  10. Happy birthday Christine! May you always have the heart of a youngster and the soul of an old person.

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    1. ooooh, i love that. that is just perfect, thank you!

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  11. Happy Birthday dear Christine! I love the thoughtfulness of your post, it really made me think and is so very true--it's all about how young we feel inside. I hope you have a wonderful celebration. 37 is not so very old ;)
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. thanks mj :) funny it doesn't sound nearly as old to me today as it did yesterday! xo

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  12. Happy, happy birthday, Christine! I really enjoyed the story you shared about your grandmother. It's all so very true what she says about looking in the mirror and not feeling the outside matches the inside. It's now one of the best things I've read on aging. (Thank you!) I hope your special day is full - brimming over, even - with love. Maybe you can even get up and dance to your favorite song, like nobody's watching. ;) xo

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    1. i agree, it was just one of the sweetest and most affirming things i had ever heard. we had a great day. thank you! xo

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  13. Happy Birthday!
    I hope all days ahead of you be pleasant and comforting!!
    XOXO

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  14. Happy happy birthday! I had the same thoughts about that one day we just wake up and be adults and now that I am almost forty (ok 38) I still don't feel like a proper adult and I don't think I ever will. Will remember your grandmother's words when I look in the mirror. I hope you enjoyed your day today. Sail away into what your life will hold in store for you! xo

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    1. thanks nina. yeah, i think that's it, at 37 you just start saying "almost 40" but i figure it just gets you used to saying it for when the day gets here : ) xoxo

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  15. Happy Birthday for yesterday Christine. I hope you had a wonderful day! I actually get really depressed on my birthday (I just had the inevitability of getting older) so I really needed to hear your grandmother's beautiful words.

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  16. Hi, happy birthday to you. :) I like what your grandma says. I've never seen that perspective. I've never thought too much about old people although I love them because they've gone through a lot (and must be respected because of that). The outer beauty doesn't symbolize the young-ness of a person but the beauty that's within. Say thank you to your grandma from me. :)

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  17. Happy Birthday again! I hope you had the most amazing day and are embracing the beauty of 37. You are really fantastic, thanks for your sharing life with us.

    Cheers

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