Thursday, July 31, 2008

The 30th

Last night, on my 30th birthday, we went to a seaside restaurant in Narragansett. Upon our return to the car after our meal, The Boss peered over a stone wall nearly as tall as she was to an ocean that crashed into rocks below us and stretched out in seeming endlessness before us.

"I can't believe my mind!" she marveled. She meant "eyes," but I liked her spin.

As she focused on the blue beyond, three categories of people squeezed by on the sidewalk: teenagers on the fast track to what lay in front of them; groups of elderly women in no hurry at all; and joggers making a loop. I watched them, then took in my family standing still at my side. The Boss took in sea and sky. Number Two looked at a strange combination of everything and nothing. From a perspective six feet high, The Partner kept a constant scan of all of us (with a few backward glances to the restaurant, where the hostess with the 20 inch waist floated by in front of each new party).

So this is thirty, I thought. The reality coursed through the different levels of my subconscious and my everyday brain, as muddy and salty as the Atlantic.

I can't believe my mind, either.

10 comments:

Life As I Know It said...

Happy Birthday! Sound like it was a good night!

slouching mom said...

happy 30th, binky! there are great things ahead of you.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I remember my 30th birthday fondly. You are so young to have accomplished so much. I eagerly await your next decade - I imagine your name emblazoned on book covers across the nation ...

iheartchocolate said...

That's cute! Happy Birthday! I turned 30 last year, my huz turns 30 Saturday. I am so glad he finally caught up!

jen said...

happy birthday, you. you little baby puppy, you.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like a beautiful setting to celebrate. I suppose your pace is currently between the fast track teens and the leisurely elders. Hmmm, but then again, as a parent, you probably are typically breezing along with the teens most of the time!

zellmer said...

Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 30s. It's nice here.

Lauren said...

This makes you a MILF. Not turning 30, just you in general. Sorry Chris. :)

musing said...

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And happy birthday! I loved my 30's. Old and young at the same time.

Boz said...

There were actually five types of people there: teenagers, the elderly, joggers, a tiny girl living in the moment, and one introspective observationist.