Friday, July 9, 2010

Birthday Blues...

Tomorrow I turn another year older and I am thankful it's not one of those birthdays where your age ends in 5 or 0 and causes a big fuss complete with cards and awful paper napkins displaying the number on atrociously designed squares.  No, this is one that I want to be able to slip into gracefully...until the next "big one" that I know will come soon enough.  Or at least that was the plan.

Gracefulness has eluded me lately.  Since we returned home from vacation, I have been limping and my old friend, aka the ice bag, is not stepping up to the plate as adequately as I had hoped or at least not yet....

In my twenties, I had knee surgery as the result of a car accident.  This accident  haulted traffic for hours.  If you were one of those people stuck for hours around Tyson's Corner that day long ago, sorry, but I did not cause it!  But, my soon to be new boyfriend was stuck and had plenty of time to notice the mangled cars.  A few weeks later, I limped to the apartment pool where I lived to lounge in the sun.  It was a weekday.  All the chairs, except for those being used, were in a tall stack.  There was a guy sitting close to the stack of chairs that I so desperately needed to sit in.  He didn't see me limp over and therefore seemed perplexed as to why I was asking for help. So I began explaining my situation and he said "That was you?"  Little did I know he would invite me to a party weeks later, become my boyfriend and that we would walk down the isle of a church a year later...sans the limp!

By my thirties I had been para sailing (photo below), scuba diving, became an aerobics instructor and a dedicated gym member. Just before my 30th birthday I had my first child. But, even with 2 small children and a crazy breakneck paced career I fantasized about  jumping out of an airplane.  I never got the chance, somehow with no significant event, I managed to injure my knee again!  Another surgery.  Was it the high heels I wore everyday navigating the streets of Washington D.C.???

In my forties, I have become admittedly far less adventuresome. On our recent vacation, on the first full day, I was loading up my beach bag and turned to my husband and asked "should I bring the camera?" His reply, "No, it's our first day we won't need it." Yes, very bad blogging behavior, but trust me when I say it was all for the best.

I am not one of those women who does not get in the ocean water.  I was born near the ocean and spent high school summers lifeguarding at pools and a lake. As soon as we get to the beach, we quickly set down our stuff and head into the water.  On this particular day, the sand was scorching hot and I cut my foot on a broken shell.  I knew I had stepped down funny. The water was a  bit choppy.  The first wave came and it took me down.  I came up to see my husband standing there laughing.  Another wave, down again. Oh, thanks for the warning honey. This time I come up only to see that he is now bent over crying laughing.  Now, I start laughing too because we are the sort of couple who rarely witness each other being undignified.  Key to a successful marriage maybe?  But, I try to act mad and say what I always do in this situation "do you have anything to say?" (are you okay? and I'm sorry come to mind).  His reply...."sure wish I had the camera!"

And, because someone is not paying attention....I go down for the third time. Yes, it is beyond pathetic. Only this time I lost my damn sunglasses! My husband is still laughing and as I stand there with my sand encrusted hair I say " what do have to say? Him... "you should have seen how funny that was, what I would have given for a video camera!"  Then I inform him I just lost my sunglasses.  He says "don't worry you can get a new pair in one of the shops here." My response "those were my favorite pair." My husband is still  laughing by the way, but senses he may need to smooth it over and says "you can have any pair you want".  I look at him and say "good...because those were expensive."   I turned to limp back  to my chair and I hear..... "well maybe I can find them here in the surf...." Over my shoulder I say "Yeah, honey you do that...."

So while I contemplate whether I will make it through my forties without another knee surgery, I will also be contemplating these:

My husband asked the best question last night. "Honey how to you want to spend your birthday?" and a movie.

This movie to be exact.  Here honey watch the trailer, your gonna love it!

Bye, bye birthday blues!!!


  1. I'm dying with laughter, but right after I finish I want you to get those glasses! I'm sure this movie is brilliant (I'm sorta Italian) & intriguing, however, I cannot see a husband watching this. xx's

  2. happy birthday tomorrow! great story...

    enjoy that movie; (and we want a review) I hear it's good...

    oh, and get those replacement sunglasses while you're out!

  3. I just turned 41, I know exactly what your talking about wanting a quiet birthday. That was my requirement...very funny post too. You are too cute.

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope it is perfect. I turned 40 this year and really don't feel any older, although I did notice my knee give out going upstairs the other day...

    ugh. Hope it's great! xo Terri

  5. Splenderosa, so a little torture for the hubs may be in order?

    Renee and Terri, wish it was only my 41st!

  6. I wish you a happy birthday and many returns!
    50 is looming on my horizon, so brace yourself!!!

  7. Oh my, yall are oh so young. I turned 51 this year, ouch!! What a time you had, I am still laughing. Definitely get the replacement glasses! Happy Birthday!!!

  8. happy birthday. should have brought the camera.
    and after his laughing so hard....
    the shopping part of the birthday
    would be my #1 priority!!

  9. I am almost crying have a great sense of humor and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  10. Happy Birthday! And if I was your husband I would be buying you two pair of sunglasses and a Hermes beach towel. Enjoy the weekend celebrating.I am dying to see this movie. XO

  11. what a fun story -love how you 2 met too :-)
    Happy Birthday! you'll LOVE the movie (and I have a feeling your husband won't mind it either!). Enjoy YOUR day!

  12. The ocean can be very unforgiving! Hope you get those Chanel sunglasses! And thanks for the heads up on that movie. First I have heard of it and it looks wonderful. Something to look forward too!

  13. Another great post! I get the blues every year on my birthday ....big time! That is such a great "when Harry Met Sally" story about how you and your husband met, and I felt like I was just there with you at the beach during all this "undignified silliness!" I know that shopping for Chanel and a truly,girlie movie (one that MY husband would NEVER want to got to) would surely help me get rid of any blues...even Birthday ones...Hope you had a great one! xx

  14. Hope you have the very best of birthdays! Fun to see a photo of you - you're gorgeous! xx

  15. Cute post. You had me laughing and Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Happy Happy Birthday!!!! What a great story and hope you heal up soon :)!!!

  17. Oh my soooo funny! That is great! You know, I hope you have a fabulous birthday spending it with the ones you love!!

  18. Well a VERY happy belated! Great story, love how you met your honey! I hope you heal to 110% and no surgery is needed.
    Blessings and a big wish.

  19. First - so empathetic to the knee thing. I blew mine while sashaying down the back bowls of Vail. Reconstruction. Not fun! And, I empathize on the I'm ALWAYS losing mine. so wanting to see that movie. So there. Love it all. Hope your bday was grand....and that you love your reflection in your new shades! xo Elizabeth

  20. Such a wonderful story!
    I do hope your birthday was a Happy one! I always try to be out of the country on those big ones that end in "0". That way they don't count.

  21. Happy Birthday!! I stopped celebrating my birthdays when I turned 20(!) Thought I was old??? Last year I was in a really bad car accident - so now I will celebrate every birthday and all those I missed. Life is short. Hope you had a great one!

  22. What a great story - sorry I'm so late to the party! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! And I am so eager to see that movie, it looks gorgeous in every way.

    Hope your special day was filled with your favorite things!


  23. Happy, happy birthday!
    I do hope it was a very
    happy one! I was also
    so very sad to hear about
    Marija. When Kathysue
    e-mailed me, I was in shock.
    How wonderful ~ what a gift ~
    that you had a friendship
    with her. xx Suzanne

  24. Happy Birthday and may the coming years be better than the last.


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