Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Birthday reflections

I turn 42 today. Birthdays always put me in the frame of mind to remember other birthdays. Today for some reason I'm reeling back 20 years to my 22nd birthday. I was in the middle of a romance with a PhD student at the same seminary where I was working on my MDiv. The romance was hot, the summer was hot--is it warming up in this room or is it just me??? Anyway. The romance ended about six months later and I was very sad about that. So sad, in fact, that I made a solemn vow not to get involved with any more tortured geniuses. I'd made the same mistake in college but apparently hadn't learned my lesson well enough. So far, this is a vow I've kept. I may have yearned after a few more TGs, but I miraculously managed to marry a guy who is just regular smart and relatively sane on most days.

The other thing I remember from my twenty-second birthday is that my good friend, her TG, My TG and I all went out to celebrate at a dance club downtown. As we were all leaving the seminary to head out at around 10:00 p.m. we ran into a "mature seminarian" who exclaimed, "You're just going out NOW????" And I thought to myself, how sad to be middle aged.

Heh.

9 comments:

Linda (FM) said...

Does that mean you'll be headed out around 10:00 tonight to begin celebrating? ;-) Happy birthday! Hope it's a great day for you.

reverendmother said...

Oh, what IS it about those tortured geniuses...

Happy birthday!

Katherine said...

Happy Birthday!

Mine is tomorrow. And while I'm closer to the age 22 you reminisce about, in many ways I feel pretty middle-aged. I guess having the weight of a congregation on my shoulders adds a few wrinkles.

Enjoy the day!

Songbird said...

Happy Birthday, young thing!

SpookyRach said...

I'm with reverendmother on this. Is there some sort of training in those early gifted and talented classes about How To Be Tortured. Geeze. Makes you want to whack 'em sometimes.

St. Inuksuk said...

Happy Birthday with blessings upon blessings. Savor the age you are, you'll never be that age again!!

revabi said...

Happy Birthday, what time does the partying and dancing start? Hope it is as fun as 20 years ago.

Never dated the tortured geniuses. It was interesting to read about yours. I just dated men who had emotional problems, not the genius part.
But still happy birthday! PARTY HEARTY!!!

Sue said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Mine is the 19th, but I'm a few years older -- I'll be 47.

jledmiston said...

Happy 42 plus a week. (I've been distracted.) You are clearly growing wiser too.