Stories about travel, life, writing and parenting my college-age children (who think they don't need any more parenting). Oh! And the occasional amazing photograph (I like to play pro photographer on vacations.)
Well, as my front lawn clearly BROADCASTS (thanks to my
darling hubby!) I’m celebrating my 50th birthday today! Some people
feel weird about birthdays, especially milestones, but I love my birthday! The
only one I truly recall having anxiety over was when I turned 18. I freaked out
because I knew the world now considered me an adult but I felt like I didn’t
Now I know I don’t know anything, but I realize nobody else
does either. Plus, I think I’m gonna sound way cool saying things like, “Yes,
well, speaking from half a century of experience here…” and “Scuze me? Listen
honey, I’ve been around for half a century, so I’m pretty sure I know a bit
more about....” Stuff like that.
In addition to becoming half a century today, you may be
surprised to know I’m also a…cougar. That’s right. I’m older than my husband.
Now some people might not think that’s something to brag about either. But there
are some definite advantages to being older than your husband. These are probably
some of the very things Demi Moore thought about when she first married Ashton
Five Advantages of Being a Cougar
1. Your Status: There’s the obvious status boost you
attain among your peers as a renowned cougar. A woman able to capture the love
of a younger man. Added bonus: Arm candy! He looks fabulous on my arm at a
2. His Status: On the flip side, your man gets to
brag about he’s ignited the love and passion of an older woman. Oooh, la, la!
3. Pancakes: It’s a well-known fact that women are better
at, um, making pancakes when they’re
older, and men are better at making pancakes when they’re younger. So, now your
pancake making will be perfectly aligned.
4. Arguments: If you figure out you’re losing an argument,
you can always fall back on the line, “Honey, thanks for sharing your thoughts.
But, let’s face it. I’ve got much more life experience than you have. So let’s
just defer to me on this little matter, hm?”
And my personal
5. Driving: You know those rare occasions when
you’re actually the one driving and your hubby is in the passenger seat? And
he’s providing you with all sorts of unnecessary and unwanted driving advice?
At those times I just turn to him and say, “Sweetheart, you just sit there and
look good. I've been driving A LOT longer than you have, so I’ll take it from
Postscript: Chris yelling from the background, “Knock it
off! You’re ONLY 17 months older than I am!”