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Monday, December 01, 2008

It's just a number.

This is what I keep telling myself. Tomorrow is my 40th birthday and I have to admit, this one has been a little hard. I'm not sure why. The sagging, aging, drooping stuff started three years ago. That is the year that should've been rough.

It's not even that I've officially hit middle age, because I believe that starts around 35. The big 3-0 didn't phase me one bit. No, I'm not sure what's so bothersome about hitting that 4th decade.

Either way, I've been telling myself I'm 40 all year long, kind of easing into it like sliding into a pair of jeans I know won't fit, a bit of trepidation, a little dread.

But tomorrow it'll be here and there's no turning back the clock. I guess the only thing to do is forge forward, head high, and walk with dignity into the next decade. No kicking and screaming allowed. Temper tantrums at 40 are not pretty.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:17 AM  
  Comments (18)
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At 8:33 AM, Blogger OK Chick said...

I wish you an early happy birthday. I hope it's a good day.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

30 was my hardest birthday. I cried all day. LOL 40 was a breeze and I didn't even sneeze at 50. But you look fabulous, D, and that's what counts! No one would guess you are 40.

And 35 is SO not middle age! LOL But we won't start that argument again.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Incidentally I may raise my view of middle age higher than the government's of 50-65. The oldest woman in America just died--in INDiANA!!!! She was 115. That means at my next birthday of 57, I'll just then be hitting middle age. I like that! LOL

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks OK Chick.

C, you are so in denial.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Happy birthday! Hope it's a great day--and a great year. I think you're going to love the 40's. You're old enough to know stuff, but young enough to still have a blast. :) Enjoy!

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Dave said...

HEY I always say, Growing old sure beats dying young. Happy BIRTHDAY D!!!!

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Pam and Dave. Yeah, I'm definitely glad to not be as clueless as I was when I was younger.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I cried all day on my 30th birthday too. Felt like the end of the world and all I could think was, "What have I accomplished?"
Happy birthday Denise~may you have many smiles tomorrow!

I'll be joining you in the 40 thing in 7 months and 21 days...

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I had to laugh when I saw Colleen's comment on the middle-age thing! ROTFLOL!

You definitely don't look 40, Denise! Your gorgeous AND wise now! :-) Happy Birthday!!

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, my goodness, I misspelled "your"! My English teacher son would have a stroke! I meant to say "you're." Whew. I feel better now. :-)

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

For someone who looks 16, 40 should be easy. :D

For me, 25 was hard, but not as hard as my last one. I keep thinking WHO IS THIS????? Last time I looked I was 35. Now I'm a Baby Boomer - on the front end.

I can't wait for eternity.

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I just read Denise's comment to Colleen about being in denial. LOL I'm going to remind her of that, Colleen, when SHE hits 57. :D

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Okay, then I read Diann's comment about misspelled words. That's okay, Di. Denise is too young to bother with it. :D

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Nan W said...

40 is just a number, and tomorrow you're only one day older than today. ;)

Hope you have a great birthday, Denise!

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

At 40 I had hopes, dreams, my boys were still young.(Somehow this relates to my own perception of self...) This year, well, I could be in crisis!Ugh. (Next week.) Tslk about denial--my husband just turned 51, but he's telling everyone that I'm a Cougar and he's only 31. Try living with that roaring in your ears day in and day out.It ages you fast.

Happy birthday, Denise. You deserve a fun time so have a joyous time today with your peeps. You still have so much ahead of you. (You look like a 20-yr-old, by the way. So, like, hey, state of mind and all that.)

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

See how my brain is slipping? I spelled talk--T-S-L-K. Scoot over Di, as your son cyber smacks me, too.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Heather and Reese said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one!

I just turned 33 and there is NO WAY I will be middle-aged in 2 years. It doesn't start until 45.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger photoqueen said...

Happy birthday, Denise! I hope you have had a GREAT birthday so far.

I turn 30 in a couple weeks and am dreading it. I keep telling myself, though, that I will be the same person the day after my birthday that I was the day before. Then again, I'm not sure if that's good news or not...?! :)


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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