Today is my 33rd birthday, and I’m going to spend it doing two of my all-time favorite things:
1) Licking icing off cupcakes
2) Hanging out with my family
A few weeks ago Tom and I were taking the kids to the park, and as I was walking out the door he stopped me.
Tom: Why are you wearing those sunglasses?
Amanda: Because I can’t find my other ones.
Tom: So you’re going to wear those crazy ones?
Excuse me? I stood in the doorway and started gathering talking points for our walk, which would be spent explaining to Tom why I’m sick of boys making fun of big sunglasses. It’s 2015 , big sunglasses are here to stay, get over it. When women discovered that covering half their face made them look like actual movie stars, THAT IS A TREND THAT IS NOT GOING AWAY.
Then I happened to catch my reflection in the mirror.
I was wearing a half a pair of sunglasses and I had no idea.
At my high school graduation (or maybe it was my brother’s or my sisters), I remember the principal saying, “If you’ve ever wondered why your parents are so boring and tired all the time, this is why — they’re exhausted from taking care of you and paying your bills for the past 18 years.”
And then I rolled my eyes because I was only 17 at the time! Shows what he knew!
Even back then, back when I had no idea what it meant to be responsible or busy or tired, I knew he had a point, and I remembered it.
Next time I leave the house with a sticker in my hair or a nursing pad stuck to my pants…or the next time I don’t realize I’m wearing a half a pair of sunglasses, I’m going to shake my fist at my kids and say, “This is all your fault!! I used to be cool! I USED TO GO MOUNTAIN BIKING REGULARLY!”