Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Birthday Post

I have written and re-written summaries of my 29th year and I bored myself (and I usually find myself fascinating).

The plodding battles with my health. Red blankets wrapped around my knees. Cups and cups of tea. Headaches, hives, dust, heat, cold. Doing the right thing and then wondering if it’s enough. Doing the wrong thing and hoping it wasn’t too bad. Failure.

Bouts of anger, disappointment and the feeling of standing still, when all I wanted was to move.

But.

As I look forward to turning 30, this highly fraught age that is either highly despised or highly lauded, I realize that I only know one thing for sure:

I'm pretty friggin lucky.

Friends and family punctuated this busy year. The connections I’ve made throughout the world may pull sometimes. I’m always somewhere that some of my friends and family are not. Yet, everywhere I go, there seems to be someone welcoming me and handing me a cup of tea. That’s pretty cool, huh?

I’m thankful. I hope next year is the same (ahem, perhaps with less rocket blasts and health issues). Oh, and I'd like a sophisticated new short haircut that won't look like a mullet. And world peace. And to be on What Not To Wear (really, I'd like a shopping spree, 2 funny fashion consultants, Nick to cut my hair and Carmindy to do my make-up). That's it, that's all I want.

Here’s a nice quote to end my ‘birthday’ post:
She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

12 comments:

Kristin Ohlson said...

I love your new blog face! And happy birthday-- it's been such a treat being your cyber buddy.

I remember turning 30. Crazy and fun. But I think that each birthday gets better. I'm sure some day that won't be true, but for so many years it has been. Lucky, yeah.

PFR's Sista said...

Happy Birthday Miss HomeinKabul!

omg said...

Aw, you linked me. Too sweet.

I'm saving my birthday wishes til the day, but I did like your birthday post. The quote is quite nice. I remember liking that book when I read it back in the day.

Big Red said...

Happy Birthday Friend!! Slippers in the works!

texangal said...

Happy birthday, dear friend! I do hope your day is a good one, full of joy and appreciation. The little one says hi, too. Much love.

Frida said...

Friends and family - amen.

And world peace - of course.

You guys have Trinny and Susannah in the US of A? Or you have your own funny fashion folks?

chaoyang said...

ages since I read ms. Hurston.

The gift of 30 years is a blessing on us, your family, your friends, your readers, your admirers. May we be blessed another 30 and another 30. Your love, your wisdom, your example, and your friendship fills our lives like a million stars lighting up a country night sky.

Those who’ve never seen a country night sky have no concept of its depth and beauty. But those who’ve experienced it ache for another glimpse, even if just for a moment.

And that’s why we return here, to your blog, daily, hourly, (every 5 minutes?... nah, we know you’re too busy to update that frequently) to catch another moment with our favorite 30-something blogger.

Please keep at it!!

Afghanistanica said...

Congrats on your 30th birthday. You are exactly 3 days older than I (and 3 days wiser):)

pfr's momma said...

I hope your 30th birthday year is more wonderful than you can imagine!

erin w. said...

happy birthday. miss you.

Frida said...

Hi there HiK,

If you feel like playing (or just want an easy post idea) then I tagged you to teel us eight previously unrevealed things about yourself.

x

homeinkabul said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes & compliments, y'all!