Early 20th-century French children's game pins.
Remember the Stephen Sondheim song Send in the Clowns from the Broadway musical "A Little Night Music?" I've never liked clowns and the song is a bit melancholy, about the rich irony of timing and choices in love and life. Today is my birthday. And I've been thinking a lot lately about timing and choices and goals I'd planned to accomplish by now. On Wednesday - the all-important 09/09/09 - I was not heartened by the "magic" of a once-in-this-century day. In fact, I spent much of the day lamenting that time is flying at an alarming rate and I still have much to do. We Virgos can be quite hard on ourselves.
Today I woke up realising that yes, while there is much to do, I am on the threshold of achieving one particular dream I've been chasing since childhood. And exciting new opportunities are unfurling, defying all expectations. Travel and adventure remain staples of my life.
My daughter is happy and healthy and following her own dreams. I'm married to a good man, who loves me. I'm fortunate to have many friends scattered all over the world. I live in Europe, where women are valued more for their talent, intellect and contributions to society than for any Hollywood faux ideals of youth. As long as I take care of my health, the only limit is my imagination (and suppressing that annoying perfectionist tendency; a curse of being born a Virgo).
I'm joining with other September babies in making a birthday contribution to Charity Water, which helps provide clean drinking water around the globe. What better way to affirm that what matters isn't one's age, but how you expend your time and energy?
P.S. Stayed up until after 3 a.m. Paris time watching President Obama's address about health care reform. Brilliant speech; now let's see ideas transformed into actions. Shame about the distractions of GOP moron(s) rudely interrupting the speech either by shouting, waving pieces of paper or texting. As President Obama said, "When we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter, we don't merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves."