So, I had a really fabulous afternoon with two of my favorite girls in the world, and it really got me to thinking about how weird growing up is. I currently own 26 years of life. They have been bought and paid for with my youth. It may sound cynical, but I don't think I feel that way. The snapshot of the afternoon was one that could have taken place 10 years ago. It was just three girls sprawled haphazardly on the couch sipping soda, watching T.V. and talking about, you guessed it, sex. I felt like if I looked in the mirror, I would see my 17 year old self looking back at me. I miss her. Anyway, just when I was losing myself in the sea of nostalgia, a baby cried. The moment was like the page in the back of People magazine where they ask you to find the 12 subtle differences between the two seemingly same pictures. So, in our "Can you spot it", here are our subtleties:
1) All three girls have better hair and fashion sense. 2) All three wear a smile that is genuine and relaxed, not pasted on to impress someone of the opposite sex. 3) All three girls wear wedding rings (hence the smile). 4) Two of the girls carry a few extra pounds of post baby weight. 5) One has a small baby bump. 6) All have a few wrinkles created by worry and joy. 7) All three have learned a few things along the way.
Even though I know that I am not sleeping in anytime soon due to my precious three month old alarm clock, I think that my 17 year old self would approve of how my life has turned out. And, I would gladly trade in the old photo for the new one. Wine isn't the only thing that gets better with age.