4 months of 40

Acting my age at my 40th birthday party

Acting my age at my 40th birthday party


The way I see it, I’m embracing 40 much like one embraces a stitch. I’m moving around in search of a comfortable position, then I’m breathing deeply and hoping the pain passes.

Today marks exactly four months since I turned the big 4-Oh. Truthfully, not much has changed but I do miss my month-long Fiesta del Forty down in Melbourne.

Turns out, my sense of humour’s gone south too. Last week I was asked my age by a fellow who was probably ten years my senior. Upon hearing I was 40, the generous gent pulled out a quasi-shocked expression, exclaiming “I could have sworn you were in your mid-twenties”. I should have prefaced all this by telling you we were engaging in a business transaction but by that stage the money had changed hands and frankly I could have done without Frank’s off-off-Broadway performance. Ain’t no Oscar coming his way any time soon.

On the upside, I have been awarded a new kind of affection from young folk who somehow now see me as quite the wise old owl. A twenty-something recently sought me out for some career advice and another young friend asked me to help her do a wardrobe “edit”. I actually have no idea what that means but if it involves a lazy afternoon of clothes shopping, I’m onboard.

I’m not quite as amenable to the new weight that won’t shift and the white highlights in my brows and blinkers but hey I understand ageing is a privilege and I do intend to celebrate it in my own little way. If that demands a four month anniversary with a few treats and gifts, then so be it. Let the celebrations begin. This little piggy’s off to market.

What were you doing four months ago? Do you know of anyone else born on 30 December?

6 Comments

  • So you were born a few days after Cyclone Tracy?

    And you are exactly one year older than Tiger Woods.

    What was I doing on Dec 30? Can’t remember, but probably recovering from paying car rego the day before. (I didn’t need to google that one – it hangs over my head during the lead-up to Christmas every year!)

    • Reply April 30, 2015

      Tonia

      Actually I read something recently about weather patterns and their impact at birth! Not sure what that says about yours truly! As for Tiger Woods, I didn’t know we shared a birthday. I’ve never attempted golf – maybe 40’s the time for it. Re: that rego…eek, that’s awful timing. Tis NOT the season for that!

  • Reply April 30, 2015

    merilyn

    you do look so young tonia! … compliment!
    perhaps you are going to take on the archetype of the teacher!
    you would have much knowledge to impart!
    who knows what will unfold! now that you are 40+
    my mother was a Capricorn 23rd dec and an aunt 29th!
    enjoy any celebration you choose! love m:)X

    • Reply April 30, 2015

      Tonia

      That’s so lovely of you to say, thanks Merilyn. Sounds like I’m in good company with your rellies born in December too. The coincidences continue (what with our ANZAC Day tales too). Again, thanks x

  • Reply May 3, 2015

    Zita

    So hard to think we are so far into the year already!!! Four months ago I was probably counting down to my trip with nervous excitement! I am now again counting down until my next trip with nervous excitement!! (35 days by the way! lol)

    • Reply May 3, 2015

      Tonia

      35 days to go – yay! Have (another) fabulous adventure. Look forward to seeing your travel snaps. x

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