Today's the Big Day.
A few thoughts:
- Barring a shocking failure of birth control, I'm never having another baby. It's time to lose those 35 pounds accrued over two pregnancies.
- I was painfully shy in my youth. Not so much anymore. Let's see where boldness and a sense of adventure can take me.
- I could live the rest of my life without seeing the inside of a mall again. I need to be on top of a mountain at sunrise; wading a trickle of cool creek at the bottom of a redrock canyon; counting stars above the desert while coyotes yip at shadows cast by the moon.
- I love to dance with my kids, write, kiss my husband, knit, hike, sing, sleep, read, and dream. I will try to do more of these things.
- My mother had one grown child and one teenager at my age. I have a preschooler and a First Grader.
- I hate to wash dishes, lose my temper, speak in public, break a promise, burn the roof of my mouth on pizza, watch the news, ride an elevator, and fail. I will try to do these less often.
- My family gives meaning to my life, strength to my soul, and joy to my heart. They also throw in the occasional raspberry to keep me grounded.
- I want to visit New Zealand, take tap dancing lessons (again), spend time with myself, try rock climbing, teach my daughters to laugh at themselves, learn to snowboard, live in a small town, publish a book of short stories and/or poetry, read Tolstoy in Russian, and grow very very old with my husband.
Forty years in, I think I'm off to a pretty good start!