All day I was feeling gloomy. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I was sour. Eventually you reach a point, I think, where you've got more years behind you than you've got ahead of you, and I was lamenting this all day to WH. He, of course, told me to shut it, as that would mean that I would be dead by 70. I'm not sure why I was reflecting on my mortality, but I was.
Wonderful Husband, in his usual wonderfulness, organized a gathering of my nearest and dearest to celebrate the passing of another year. In attendance were childhood friends . . . friendships that span more years than the Jonas Brothers (all three of them!), Lady Gaga, and Christina Aguilera have been alive. Some newer friends, who were just meeting my long-time friends for the first time, marveled at the longevity of our friendships. It's something I think we take for granted most of the time . . . when you've known someone all your life, they become your second family, and you know they'll always be there. And spending time with old friends, the people who remember my awkward phase (73-pounds, 5'4", braces, perm and 1987 bangs), reminded me that there are some definite pluses about getting older. So, I decided to compile a brief list of reasons I'm glad I am the age I am and not any other age:
1. You can look at the "youngsters" and scoff, "When I was your age . . ." and fill in any appropriate blank. For example, "You think you've got it bad? When I was your age, we had Crystal Pepsi, Brett Favre couldn't even imagine retirement, and George Bush (the old one) barfed in the lap of the Japanese President" or "When I was your age, I had to print my papers on a dot matrix printer, do you know what that is?"
2. Betty White's career resurgence is evidence that you absolutely do get better with age (but please put me out of my misery if I'm still working in my 80s).
3. Toys. WH has waxed philosophically about the toys he loved as a child, and I think he's right. A little friend of mine is attached by a cord to every toy she owns. But when I was a kid (which can be used interchangeably with "When I was your age"), our toys were awesome. Favorites of mine include the hippity hop, that horse on springs you could ride back and forth, the Sit and Spin, and Hungry Hungry Hippos.
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5. I've never had to live in a world without Saturday Night Live (even in the years we all may have wanted to).
And as I sat there on Saturday night, surrounded by friends and family, I realized just how lucky I am. Even if later that night someone took my bar stool the minute I stood up, so that when I went to sit back down I came crashing to the floor bruising my tailbone. And even if, because of that, I've been walking like a 90-year-old grandma for several days. Because when I went crashing to the floor, I looked up and saw the faces of people who love me (and who love to laugh at me) and realized that as long as you can laugh, at yourself and others and along with your very best friends, it doesn't matter how old you are.