40 in the shadow of the holidays

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The holidays have always been one of my favorite times of the year. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas not just because they represent reasons to eat & celebrate, but because they each bring people together. Since my birthday falls between each & usually near or on Thanksgiving it too has always felt special. Sure as a kid the presents were nice, but knowing the extended family would visit was always far better. Actually up until I was a preteen I honestly thought the whole family visited us because it was my birthday so my day has always caused me to feel warm & fuzzy, never mind that in reality the relatives really visited for the turkey & dressing celebration. Oh well, whatever the reason it didn’t matter to me.

Even today my birthday is special. It’s so special I have no problem with owning up to all 40 of them. Actually this year was especially special. My dear friends moved back from India & spent their vacation with us, my husband threw a fabulous surprise party for me in which a multitude of friends & family showed up, & I got to spend my special week cooking & catching up with loved ones. Technology didn’t matter, school work was almost entirely put on hold, & the daily grind was not important.

If it wasn’t for a final school project I would deem this birthday as perfect. Oh well, even great experiences require small challenges, it’s the twists & turns which keeps life interesting.

Turning 40 should be no exception. I suspect this year will be challenging & fun. So in an effort to explore what it is like to be entering mid-life while still raising a family, attending graduate school, & exploring how to approach this new phase in life I’ve decided to record the journey in pictures & words.

Happy holidays to you & happy 40 to me!