I threw myself a birthday party tonight. It was fun. 8 interesting women joined me, most of whom did not know each other. There were lively conversations in all corners of the house. Then when we all ended up in one room eating, we covered such topics as:
*political wives and the choices we all make behind closed doors about the public faces we will present
*the choice/circumstances to remain childless
*what kids are down-loading on their ipods
*at what age we began drinking (ranged from 12 to 21)
*the age at which someone first kissed our breasts (ranged from 14 to 32)
*the last time someone kissed our breasts ...
OK, that last one was just me. Feeling sorry for myself. Anyhoo ...
Other fun birthday parties I remember:
Age 5 -- my first big party with hats, games and lots of friends. I still love the photos from that one -- I graduated from high school with everyone who came to that party. Isn't that wild? Small town midwest America.
Age 12-ish? A taffy pull. Probably my favorite childhood birthday party.
Age 21 -- no party, but I was on a work-camp in Jamaica on spring break from my jr. year in college.
Age 35 -- again, no party, but finally pregnant and happy as a lark.