Monday, January 26, 2009

Just a Moment

Yesterday we made an appearance at a party for my namesake, Hilary Lorraine. Twas a celebration of her graduation (in December) from university. Lorene (her mother) and I were talking about the kids and marvelling at how they were so grown but that truly, we didn't look that much older. Certainly we don't feel that much older. We are just as sassy and funny and interesting and hip as we were over 30 years ago when we all first met in college, before any of those children populating the other room were even thought of, let alone conceived.

(30 years. That's a whole entire adult person. That sounds old but I will maintain that it is not. Because to consider the alternative is, well, just not something I am interested in doing, thankyouverymuch).

Anywrinkle, there we were. I will grant you this: we are softened with time, rounder where we used to be more angular. But that's certainly a far cry from touring assisted living facilities. There's youth and vigor in us yet and it was in the spirit of that, of the possibilities still opening up for us even as we watch them unfold for our children, which had us in the kitchen marvelling. It really happened only in a moment, glancing into the living room watching them framed by the kitchen door. They were, the three of them, conducting themselves like, well, like grownups, chatting amiably in clusters of guests. There was Hilary the graduate and Max who has turned into a young man and the baby of them all, The Child. The Child who is now taller than Hilary, who glanced at Max from time-to-time in that way that young women can't help but do when they are in the room with a tall, good-looking boy...the baby who is, today, 15 years old.

Ha! See? Just made you feel old, didn't I?

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9 Comments:

Blogger Willym opined...

I prefer to think that we are like fine old wines - not so much aging as maturing ... sadly a few of us have a fair bit of sediment that's settled to the bottom.

And 15 - you must have been a child bride! Does Dame Judi know what that evil man did to you?

January 26, 2009 7:55 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

Happy Birthday The Child!

I got a 30 year HS reunion email today. I'll have been at my agency for 25 years at the end of the week.

sheesh.

I guess my hobbies keep my young, right?

January 26, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger sageweb opined...

Wow 15..oh what a joy.

January 26, 2009 9:21 AM  
Blogger jp opined...

Can't you ground her into staying 14 or something? Seems like you should be able to have that power.

January 26, 2009 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha

Yay!!! Happy Birthday Dylan!!!

Oh, and remember to keep calling her "The Child" that way you'll get her out of the house faster. Particularly in front of the young dudes. lol

Peace

:+}

January 26, 2009 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha

Yay!!! Happy Birthday Dylan!!!

Oh, and remember to keep calling her "The Child" that way you'll get her out of the house faster. Particularly in front of the young dudes. lol

Peace

:+}

January 26, 2009 12:32 PM  
Blogger Sling opined...

If having four grandchildren doesn't make me feel old,then certainly The Child turning 15 isn't going to..HOLY CRAP!..
FIFTEEN??..Well,obviously that's just the kind of typographical error people our age are bound to make.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUNG LADY!

January 26, 2009 1:07 PM  
Blogger Miss Healthypants opined...

Wow, 15 already! Happy Birthday, Dylan!! *smiles*

January 26, 2009 6:49 PM  
Blogger greeny opined...

Oh, my, Willym got it so right when he said "maturing".
Siiigghh. I need to hang around you more to keep the evil, vim and vigor-sucking monster at bay.

Yes, a late Happy Birthday to the Child.

January 27, 2009 5:10 AM  

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