May 13, 2009

Bonne fete a moi.

Today is my birthday.

I am 34 years old.

How did that happen?

I feel like I am still an awkward, gangly teenager full of low self esteem and needing attention.

Except I am a grown up who is anything but gangly and I write in this blog to get the attention I crave.

I am a mother. A wife. I have responsibilities. I am times.

I have learned alot getting to this ripe old age.

I appreciate my mother. I appreciate my mother's mother. I appreciate family and now understand why grown ups always say that "family is the most important thing".

Because it is.

Christmas isn't what it was when I was young. It isn't all about the presents and Santa. It is about happiness, family, giving and smiles.

School isn't what it was. Instead of dreading the first day, I now look forward to seeing my children off to the bus and hearing the stories when they come home.

Mealtime is not showing up at the dinner table and eating. It is preparing, cooking, family time, cleaning up and starting all over again at the next meal.

Shopping used to be buying things for me. Now it is a treat when I buy myself a magazine.

Saturday nights no longer involve going out to socialize, drink, dance and stay up late. Now I read bedtime stories, change poopy bums and look forward to bedtime at 10pm...if I make it that late.

Love is not a crush on an older boy or rock star in a picture. Love is my husband. Love is my children. Love is my family. Love is my life.

I guess it isn't so bad being 34.
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kristi said...

Happy Birthday!

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Jen said...

Well said my friend, well said. And Happy Birthday.

Elaine A. said...

I'm right there with you friend, turned 34 in March. I hope you have a great day and enjoy your 34th year - it's gonna be a great one!

Au Revior! ; )

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday.

H.K. said...

Happy Birthday! I loved reading this, you worded it so beautifully. It's amazing how life changes when you have a family, same situations, but different perspective being a mother.

monica said...

Happy Birthday. Great post. I also turned 34 isn September - so I am right there with you.

Sweet Serendiptiy said...

Happy birthday! Sweet post. I know exactly how you feel...except I'll be turning 36 in two months. Yikes!

sky girl said...

Well Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy what's left of your day. :)

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday! I just stumbled upon your blog from County Mouse City Mouse, and it happened to be your birthday.

I love your take on 34 and can totally sympathize - esp. with the part about Saturday nights and shopping! I look forward to being able to further explore it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you momma!


Heatherlyn said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I just turned 33 on Sunday! Getting older is great ... except for the being less limber, and a few wrinkles part! I'm amazed at how much more beautiful I feel even though I was much prettier a decade ago! Youth is wasted on the young! I hope you had a great birthday!

Amy said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Cute Wordful Wednesday - so sweet your kids are. Thanks for stopping today.

girlytwins said...

Happy birthday. I am right behind you at 32.