Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Roaring Twenties

When I was 20 I got engaged to a wonderful guy.

When I was 21 I graduated from Penn, got married, and moved to New Jersey, where we became first-time homeowners of a little condo that I still miss to this day.

When I was 22, after a number of somewhat depressing temp agency stints, I got my first real job with annual salary and benefits. I was a bona fide editor at a bona fide publishing company.

When I was 23 I got pregnant and was the sickest and most exhausted I've ever been. I gave up a very good job opportunity at one of the big publishing houses in Manhattan to become a full-time stay-at-home mother because that's what I wanted to do more.

When I was 24 I became a mom, which is what I always wanted to be and do the most in life. When my sweet baby John was born, life was much more complete; it changed forever and for the better.

When I was 25 I moved to Connecticut and into our first house.

When I was 26 I successfully convinced my husband to let us buy a timeshare. Hello, travel opportunities!

When I was 27 we took John to the Cayman Islands. This was the first time I ever needed a passport (sadly). Paradise found.

When I was 28 I got pregnant again, endured oral surgery without the significant benefit of being unconscious during it for the safety of my baby (OUCH), and went to the Bahamas for my anniversary. I deserved it.

When I was 29 I gave birth to my second son Sam, which was the most difficult thing I've ever done. 18 hours of labor, over three hours of pushing...but the end result was a beautiful perfect baby boy who is an absolute delight every day of my life.

When I was 30...I moved to Iowa, away from the Northeast and from my family, friends, and the comfortable familiarity of life there. It's fitting that such a big new beginning happens at the start of a new decade.

In my thirties I'd like to have one or two more kids, return to work part-time as they grow older, maybe get a Master's degree, do a lot of traveling, get our own house on Cape Cod, read lots of books, grow into myself more, live joyfully, age well. I loved my twenties, but I'm looking forward to my thirties. I think they'll be even better. Bring 'em on!

4 comments:

dougandcheryl said...

Wow. These last ten years have been full! What a great idea.
I am so impressed that you chose mommyhood over that big Manhatten job. People tend to tell me they think I'm missing out by being a stay at home mom but I wouldn't have it any other way. I think it is so fulfilling.
Oh- and happy birthday a few days ago!

Sarah Laurence said...

Happy belated Birthday! You've done so much in your 20s already that I'm sure you'll get the most out of your 30s too.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

When you document it like that...there truly is so much to be grateful for!

Happy Belated Birthday! Wishing you just as many great things in your 30's!

buffyvandabailey said...

Our timelines are almost exactly the same. Engagement, wedding, first child, second child. Crazy!

Happy Belated Birthday!!