I turned 40 on Friday. This really didn't bother me. I have always been something of an old soul and when I look back at my younger days, I don't feel the grief of lost youth. Mostly, I feel relief that those days are over! I don't have many regrets about how I've lived my life. And I am happier now than I ever was at 20 or 30. So I was all for celebrating 40.
My birthday started with gifts and cards from Steve and the girls. The cards from the girls were perfect! Katherine's read: Happy Birthday, Mom from "the good one." Sorry more of my good influence didn't rub off on "you know who". [Kate knew exactly why this was funny and Rae, thankfully, was oblivious.] Rachel's card had a picture of a queen on the front and said "Mom, you deserve the royal treatment on your birthday." It had a punch-out crown inside that Rachel could not wait for me to wear! Too funny! They insisted on a picture, and all took a turn with the camera, but this awful shot was the only one to include all of my head.