I’m turning 26 next week, an age I thought I would never reach because I had watched this episode of Unsolved Mysteries in which this girl who said she would die by the time she turned 16. AND SHE DIED! It was a mystery! An–spoiler alert–unsolved one! Whenever I watched Unsolved Mysteries, I desperately wanted something mysterious to happen to me. An apparition in the mirror or a long lost love letter trapped between the pages of an old library book. But everything was straightforward and very solvable. No need to bring Robert Stack into the Mystery of Mona’s Obvious Teenage Weight Gain. I ate pastries and pork belly and chatted on ICQ instead of working on my fitness. I was not possessed by a fat ghost.
I’ve been reminiscing about the first half of my 20s and I like what I’ve done in this quarter century. I got married, had a baby, and graduated with a degree. I got a great job that doesn’t require my having to stand in front of a broken cash register and quickly calculate math and crazy Washington sales tax. Not that having kind of job isn’t awesome and respectable, it’s just that I suffer from math deficiency.
When I was barely 20 years old, I worked the front desk at a gym. When my shift was done, i had to calculate how much was spent and remove the money from the till, and seal it in an envelop along with the receipts and insert the bundle into a steel safe. The end of shift math was one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job. I worried that I wouldn’t have enough money and that I calculated incorrectly and I couldn’t clock out. So I’m very glad that I don’t have to do that anymore and that I never have to deal with gross men flirting with me at 6 AM.
Now I just have Nathan at that early hour, a toddler who will sometimes respond to my “kiss mommy!” request with a full-on open mouth slobber, causing me to leap back and explain to young Oedipus how mommies and sons are supposed to interact with each other but then I worry that he’ll become way too neurotic about affection because I 99.9% welcome the lovie-dovies but these awkward make-outs? NO NO NO NO.
And back to my birthday countdown!
SUPER PLUS BIG DEAL BONUS: I’m giving away a $26 amazon e-gift card in celebration of my turning the big 2-6.
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Leave a comment anytime between now and January 20th, 2009 at 5 PM PST.
2. Answer the question: What was the most memorable gift you ever gave or received?
3. Optional, but I know you’ll do it anyway because you’re awesome like that: Please subscribe to my new full shiny RSS feed!
I’ll choose a random comment to decide the winner. This is open to everyone living in the US and its territories (that means you, SAIPAN!). I’m also including my Canadian peeps, but instead of an Amazon e-gift card, you’ll get something worth $26. I’m not sure what that is yet, hey that’s like a surprise within a contest! Don’t you love things like that? No? I still love you, even though
we the courts have set boundaries between us.