December 21, 2011

a new decade

The lights are still strung across the backyard, and while traces of the fiesta remain here and there, the cake is but a memory.  Hello forty, here I am.  The neighbor was kind enough to say that he would have thought thirty... and though I smiled graciously, I am owning forty.  What else can you do, really, when your daughter is just weeks away from eighteen?   I would not trade a smile or laugh line for all the world... and even the worries that have etched their marks, have contributed to who I am now.  Lessons and laughter and living... I will bring them along into this next decade of me.  Yes, I will own forty... because as it has been said, it is not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.

5 comments:

Southern Gal said...

I'm still not embracing the deep frown line between my eyes...
;)
My mama said she shielded my eyes from the sun on the way home from the hospital after I was born. She tried to smooth that line that was there from the beginning. It has always been a part of me. I guess I should embrace it now that it's deep with years of living.

Dayle said...

Happy 40th! Without a doubt, the 40s were the best years of my life. I only wish I had embraced them earlier. Took me awhile to accept the number thing.

togetherforgood said...

You are a beautiful 40. It's inside and it shines. :) Happy birthday!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Those lines are earned...and yet, it is still hard for *some* of us to bear. You are a good example of 'how to do it graciously'!!!!
So glad that I was able to share it all with you!
We'll start planning the 5o fiesta earlier...perhaps IN mexico? Or at least a Mexican restaurant..I'm thinking we might have less energy at 50.

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

happy birthday beautiful friend!