Wednesday

Twelve. Twelve. Twelve. (Also Know As, I Am Thirty.)

A friend once told me life is an inevitable rollercoaster of highs and lows mastered only by those who manipulate the lows as gracefully as they embrace the highs.

Something about milestones…
Yesterday, I found this picture of me celebrating my 5th birthday as I looked at old photographs my aunt gave me the last time I went to Cuba. In it there’s a young girl with a mischievous smile standing behind a cake decorated with swans. She wears a girlie dress full of ruffles in shades of pink and yellow and blue. A bruise on the side of her face incurred from a fall down the stairs is being hidden from the camera. You also miss the hole on the cake where she stuck her fingers and quickly shoved them in her mouth as her grandma scolded her for being a glutton. Her mom is on the other side of the camera next to the photographer, looking horrified and praying that things turn out alright for her clumsy baby.

The girl is thirty today, and although she’s not as fond of swans or pink as she used to be, she’s still quite familiar with falling and picking herself back up. Bruises aren’t always obtained from stairs but the marks they leave no longer make her cry hysterically nor last very long. She will make mistakes and apologize to no one. Her mom will be horrified and resort to praying. If she’s lucky she’ll blow many more candles and release wishes of the best kind to the universe. After that she’ll stick her fingers in cake and rejoice in the rush of sugary sweetness that is sometimes life. It will taste exactly like she planned and the next day she'll go on a diet and curse her tendency to over-indulge. Highs and lows will go hand in hand. Embracing and manipulating will as well. She wouldn't have it any other way.

She wouldn't have it any other way...

11 comments:

Katsidhe said...

Happy Birthday, lovely! May it be filled with Vodka, love and dancing boys.~

bluemoon said...

Happy birthday! May it be a decadent, indulgent, lovely one!

Anonymous said...

I love the swan cake. How cute are you at 5...and still at 30???!! :) Enjoy your special day.
-Vina

Yvonne said...

Cute pic! Loved your words!

Jeff Evans said...

Lovely post, Gorgeous, and, once again, happy birthday.

Althea said...

Happy Birthday! :) x

Annah said...

It was an awesome week of milking my birthday and being spoiled by a bunch of wonderful people in Miami in Houston. Thirty really isn't oh-so-bad, after all.

Gia said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry it's so belated. Whoops.

My_Blog said...

Happy birthday,sorry its belated alsoo!

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Christy said...

HA! You're def not the same shy, timid girl... STILL BEAUTIFUL though! :)