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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Upon being wished a happy birthday on the morning he turned four, my middle son looked down at himself in amazement, and said, "But I'm still three!"

I felt the same way when Patrick reminded me it was my 40th birthday this morning.

I'm not sure what turning forty means, if it means anything at all. When I was a kid, forty seemed old. "Over the hill," according to the greeting cards and paper plates. Over what hill, I wonder. Over the the struggling, aspiring, climbing phase of life? I don't feel over that. But my stride feels stronger, and more steady. And I'm far enough up the hill to look over my shoulder and be knocked out by the view. So much broader than it was when I was 20, or even 30. I can see for miles.

That's worth celebrating. And I believe in leveraging a milestone for all it's worth. I figure it's good for the whole year. To get this party started, a few girlfriends and I went to Dallas Saturday. We stayed at the charming Belmont Hotel, chowed down on outstanding fish tacos at Cafe Veracruz, and went dancing at the fabulously appointed Ghost Bar (full of douchery, but nonetheless a glittering spectacle). We swilled prosecco, made too much noise, and some of us may even have gone skinny dipping. The next morning, we wandered down to Smoke and ate a breakfast that was so good, as one of my friends put it, "it makes you want to slap someone."

It was ridiculously fun. Over the top, certainly.

Over the hill? No way.

8 Comments:

Blogger Cid said...

I agree completely - love the view from here. I can see where I have come from and off in the distance - where I am going. Happy, happy.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Cool photo. Glad you had a nice weekend with friends. Have a wonderful 40th -- soak in the celebration! Best, Chris

1:18 PM  
Blogger bluebird of paradise said...

sounds like a real birthday blast!

5:48 PM  
Blogger kazari said...

That sounds amazing! I absolutely believe that every milestone should be celebrated, or at least, er, marked.

8:16 PM  
Blogger lenniekat said...

Leave it to a fashion designer to get slap-happy. I like your viewpoint at 40. I look forward to joining you up there soon...

10:06 PM  
Blogger Tena Laing said...

Happy Happy! So glad you're there/here. And so fun that you came to Texas! Sounds like it was wonderful!

10:12 PM  
Blogger jana said...

I have often said that if I'd known turning 40 would be so great (I'm 42 now), I would've done it 10 years earlier!

11:47 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I am a little late but I love hearing that you savoring the celebration and the path ahead.

I turn forty next year and I am so looking forward to the goodness it will bring!

Have a spectacular year!

7:07 PM  

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