Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

Happy birthday!

I'm sure this decade will bring all sorts of amazing new things.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
And on a Monday...

So I always hear women saying how much calmer, happier, smarter they become, the older they get. My mom always says that each decade is better than the last. During her fifties, she said she was as happy as she had ever been. She turned 60 last year with complete grace. I think you'll get there...you've just had so much else going on right now, it's probably hard to digest it all at once!

Make sure to do one special thing for yourself (might I suggest a special purchase, to you from you) that will always mark what could become a lovely memory. When T is turning forty, you will laugh about this time and what will have become another chapter in your autobiography. :-)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you so much Mouse and Omaha!

I like the special gift idea, Omaha--thank you for giving me permission to do this! When I took the dog for a walk last night I thought about how that was my last day as 39, and I thought about creating some type of letter to myself at 39--something I would look back on in later years.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

When I earned my master's, I bought myself a silver bracelet that is Lucky brand, so it's sort of a reminder for me. It's still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry and it's a good reminder of that point in my life. So for $25, I bought something that my children will probably ask me about some day. :-)

Have a terrific day.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I love that idea!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Marti! I'm feeling happy about it--satisfied with myself. I think the new decade just took some getting used to!