My birthday was last week. Let’s just sit on that for a second and think about your own birthday. Are you one of those who lie about their age or never wants to tell anyone? Or do you just smile and blurt it out to anyone who asks? My mother-in-law is 39, even though she lived though the depression and has great grand-children. (I’ve been advised by my counsel the ramifications of that sentence. I’m hoping her sense of humor has grown with age)
I must admit that I have always been shy about my age. Not because I’m old, but because I’m young. Crazy huh? I think it comes from having children so young, and having that “you’re tooooo young” response. The 2 weeks between my son’s birthday and mine was always the time I prayed that no one would ask my age, because if they did the math, they would figure out that I was 15 when I gave birth, instead of 16…like 16 is so much better? Anyway, I’m 43 and you’d think I’d be over it by now. I am for the most part. But I still have my days.
I wanted to add a top ten list to this post about birthdays. I thought the funniest list I could come up with would be “top ten worst gifts from your husband” but then I thought that wouldn’t be fair, because my husband has only given me a few really bad ones and this year, with the help of my daughter and friends, he outdid himself. So, given the awesomeness of this year’s celebration, even if I know the helpers did all the work, I don’t want to throw my man under the bus, so I will go with the “top ten ways you know you’re getting older”…
- You can’t focus on conversations in the car if the radio is too loud. (or even on in some cases)
- The radio is always too loud, unless you’re alone, and you’re trying to stay awake or you’re really in a praise and worship mood, and then you don’t care who sees you singing your heart out at a red light.
- Dinner and a movie are rare date nights, because after the dinner, you’re full and ready for bed.
- Eating fast food really does make you feel like crap.
- Jumping out of bed in the morning is a thing of the past. Now you stretch, snap, crackle and pop before you roll on out.
- Your friends are not all getting married and having babies, now your friends kids are graduating, getting married, and having babies.
- You’ve realized that recreational and school sports are just games. The outcome will not permanently affect anyone’s life.
- You realize that PBS & the History Channel do have some good programming.
- You check the weather forecast regularly. (although I still don’t know why)
- You’ve realize the importance of listening, sharing and patience, and that time really does fly, and you don’t want to waste any of it.
So there you have it. I know this list could really be a top 100, but I can’t sit here all day. I love growing up. I don’t even mind the gray hair coming in. God was so sweet to put these verses in His Word for us;
Proverbs 16:31 (NIV) “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”
Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Isaiah 46:3b-4a LB I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime, Yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you.”
If you have something to add to this list, please do! Thank you for reading and may you be blessed, whatever age you are…