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Friday, September 07, 2007

Thoughts on "the big one"

It starts about half-way through your thirties and begins to pick up steam by about 38.

"Oh, you've got the big one coming, eh?" people ask, as if the number isn't permanently affixed in front of you in flashing neon. 40 — 40 – 40, it blinks.

For the past few months, I've been in a "Let's just get this over with" mode. So in that spirit, and because I'll be unplugged for the weekend, let me say that tomorrow I turn 40. FINALLY!

Feel as if I should have some profound comments to say about the matter, but I really don't. I'm not particularly bothered by the age. I am very much in progress and so it almost feels premature to say that turning 40 has provided me with any sense of enlightenment. Maybe I'll feel differently later.

For now, I'm looking forward to a weekend with my mom and my sister at my sister's cabin in southeast Ohio — spa time (courtesy of my hubby), red wine, chic food, walks in the woods and lots and lots of good girl talk.


Kelly said...

Happy Birthday!

The 40s aren't so bad . . . or at least they haven't been, so far!


virtuallori said...

Happy, happy birthday, my friend.

I like 40.

Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Wendy,

The years after 40 were a lot better than the years before. I've had more fun in the past 12 years than I had in the whole first 40.

Looking back at 40 from 52 (15 September); it's all good.

Many happy returns.



Edna said...


I have to agree with the others who commented on your blog, it just keeps getting better, even though there may be some detours along the way.

Kelly said...


40 was a bit of an overwhelm for me in the months leading up to it...but really, it's quite lovely!

Wendy Hoke said...

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes. I had a lovely birthday weekend. So far, 40 feels pretty darned good. Course, that hour-long massage on Saturday probably helped. :)

Michelle O'Neil said...

Your weekend sounds lovely. Hope it was a blast!

Happy Birthday!