39

Is what I will be turning at the end of this month.

Thanks all for the guesses. @GaryChampagne got it right when he guessed 38 on Twitter; which I still am and was in the photo.

It’s a funny number. The last of my thirties. It isn’t bothering me, but it is surprising me. How did I ever get to thirty-nine. I still feel like a kid on the inside. I don’t feel like someone who has a house, a car, a husband, two children, a job that can support a family, and just in general a whole wackload of responsibilities. I look in the mirror, and on tired days I see the hollows around my eyes, and I am surprised.

Next year Tony and I both turn 40. He loves that my birthday comes first, and 6-year-old B loves announcing that I am the oldest one in our family. I don’t mind when she adds that that makes me the boss of the family, though. Of course, Tony wants to have a giant joint birthday party in between our two birthdays. And of course I want to crawl under a rock, and not because I don’t want to turn 40, but because I like to hide away from the world a lot of the time.

Gary, where shall I deliver the Timbits?

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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7 Responses to 39

  1. I didn't guess because we talked about how old we were at BOLO. I will say you do NOT look 38. Hope you have a great birthday Finola! 🙂

  2. gryph says:

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like a kid on the inside. 🙂 Phew!

    Heh, at least having your birthday first makes you the boss! 🙂

    I hope to see you before your birthday. Where does the time fly??

  3. Miss Vicky says:

    40 is not so bad. I had a number of friends who turned 40 the same year as me. We tried to do something new or fun or special every month that year. We did art gallery nights, cooking classes at the Urban Element, went whitewater rafting… it was supposed to end with a Christmas trip to Cuba but we had to put it off – I got preggers and the Webgeek went back to school, so money was tight. We also took on new challenges – mine was a triathlon. Such a great experience

  4. XUP says:

    Try not to think of the numbers too much – just enjoy all the new wisdom, maturity, contentment and comfort you acquire the older you get. So much to look forward to!

  5. Lara says:

    Happy almost birthday!

    I like to think that we always feel like kids on the inside, and should try to keep that feeling as much as possible. But also that as we get older we gain so much more confidence in ourselves that we get to actually enjoy life more. If my 40s are as much better than my 30s as my 30s have been than my 20s – my 40s are going to kick ass. What about you? 🙂

  6. Finola says:

    Thanks Laura for not spoiling the guessing 🙂

    Jennifer, How about some birthday margaritas first week in August?

    Vicky, I like the idea of doing new things the year I turn 40. Sounds like an idea for a blog post next July!

    Xup, great advice. Maybe by then I will even feel like a grown-up!

    Lara, I have gained more confidence as I have gotten older, but I think of my 30s as the years where I have had so many responsibilities added that I have felt pulled in too many directions most of the time. I'm hoping that my 40s may give me a bit of a breather!

  7. Am chiming in to tell you that you look fantastic for your age. And I know this sounds trite, but it's really and truly what's inside that counts! If you feel young, you are young, nevermind that date of your birth. 🙂

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