Friday, October 1, 2010

Getting a little Fonzie in my old age...

I realize that the sheer fact I even remember a 1970's sitcom totally dates me, even if most of it is a very distant memory. Another sign of old age, I suppose. But, what I can clearly remember about Happy Days is The Fonz's inability to apologize, getting stuck on the words I'm s-s-s-sorry or I was w-w-w-wrong. Kind of like my reluctance to admit my age.

I thought it was going to be traumatic last year when I turned f-f-f-forty. See? It's hard for me to even write it out. So, I chose to ignore it, brush it off, pretend it wasn't happening. But today I'm officially in my forties and can no longer avoid this sneaky, creeping up on me, aging thing. 

And, I'm not gonna lie, it's still hard. I don't feel 41. At least, most of the time I don't. Just yesterday, one of my lovely, sweet co-workers lied-through-his-teeth said he thought I was 29. 29! And, flattered though I was for about 4 seconds, I quickly realized that that's exactly the kind of thing people say to "older" women to make them feel better about themselves.

Come to think of it, I don't know what's worse, the false compliments or the people who don't even blink an eye when you tell them your age. Like, could you at least humor me and  pretend to be shocked? Call me vain, but I think the automatic acceptance of my age, especially from a younger person, makes me feel worse. Especially since I remember thinking how ancient 40 seemed back in my twenties. 

Then again, it can also suck when someone makes a remark like, "Wow, you're 41? I had no idea you were that old - I would never have guessed." Like being 41 suddenly makes you a senior citizen or something. Sigh. It's a no-win situation for me. No matter how I look at it, no one can say the right thing. But, that's just typical, Libra me.  I over-analyze, think the worse and then in the end? I finally realize that it's all in this borderline-schizo head of mine.

So, I'm gonna  take Fonzie's advice, shut the f**k up, put on my birthday hat and stop apologizing for being 41. That's my age and there's nothing I or anyone else can do about it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a nice bottle of Shiraz on the counter with my name on it. Yes, I know it's not quite noon yet, but I thought I'd pour myself a glass and catch up on some re-runs of the Golden Girls, um, I mean Glee, yes that's it, Glee. Isn't that what all the kids are into these days? Cheers!! (no, not the t.v. show, I was toasting everyone. Yes, on my birthday. Ok, I'll stop it now...)


The Mayor! said...

'EYYYYYYYYYY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICKIE!!! And CHEERS, I will drink to 41, since I'm only 5mnths away myself!! Trust me, you DO make that sh** look, so crack that bottle & let's get 'er done!! ;-))

Cheryl said...

Okay, of course the Mayor has beaten me to the punch!

Anyway, we are now the same age. We are as old as dirt. Older, even. But hey - we've still got it sister!

So happy birthday!!

Sandra said...

Forty one fucken years must have had the same visit I did with my neurologist, right?
And FYI, you totally look 29, and I'm not just saying that! I honestly had no idea you were anywhere near forty! And you're pretty....can I hate you?...just a little bit?...I promise I will continue to be your faithful follower and you will continue to be my girl crush!

Bibliomama said...

Happy day of birth. My friend's son had a little Fonzie in him too -- he used to say that saying sorry made him faint. You have NOTHING to apologize for. Great blog, great hair, great kid -- you're rocking, it, sweetie.

The Empress said...

Oh, 41. And you look so much younger, too.

You look wonderful. Have a very happy birthday, dear sweet friend of mind.


Pamela said...

Thank you, ladies, for making this old girl feel good about herself! You all helped to make my b-day so much easier to deal with this year:)

ModernMom said...

Bwhahaha I remember the Fonz struggling with his Birthday! I'll be f-f-f-forty in May.
Happy Birthday you young thing.

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

Ah! How did I miss that. I knew it was coming. Happy Birthday!! almost a week late: )
You look Great (Fonzi would So make out with you) and if it makes you feel better I'm 45 now. It's actually kind of nice in the middle.

Tracy said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!! Hope it was a good one :O) You are not old at all, are totally FAB!!

Meesh said...

♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!!! ♫ (belatedly) - and for the record, the Golden Girls rock ;) be proud hehe

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