For most people, turning 40 is quite a momentous occasion. I turned 40 at the end of 2007 which made 2008 my real year of actually being 40. I didn’t really look at being 40 as all that big of a deal. My husband is six years older than I am, most of my friends were already there, and heck, I don’t look too bad. Besides, I don’t even have grey hair and I am banking on my paternal grandmother’s genes to kick in giving me my dark blond hair into my seventies.
What I didn’t bank on was the rollercoaster ride of change I’d find myself on in 2008. As the country rolled through it’s own changes I went on my own journey searching for how to deal with my own personal challenges. As much as I love motherhood, I hadn’t realized how much my personal sacrifice had taken out of me and needed to find a way to bring balance back into the picture.
The country continued to stir with election turmoil and debate and the economy suffered one setback after another. I applied to graduate school in July, got accepted and at the same time was offered a part-time job in Delaware. It seemed like suddenly my life was a whirlwind! I started reconnecting with friends I hadn’t talked to in years through Facebook. By election time, the country was in a frenzy, I was in a frenzy, but I was having fun.
After finally slowing down through the holidays and soaking in some quality time with friends and family, I look forward to this last year of the first decade of the 2000’s. I do have a little pang from the New Year however. It looks as though the paternal grandmother’s genes may not come through for me after all. My sister-in-law’s bathroom mirror doesn’t lie as well as mine does and showed off just a few strands of grey hair in my dark blond hair. Ah well, guess it may be time to hit the salon.
“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
― Neil Gaiman
― Neil Gaiman