Saturday, January 17, 2009
Since my birthday is two weeks before New Year's day, I usually start my resolutions on my birthday. This past birthday, I turned 40, so it was important for me to do something special. This year I resolved to celebrate life and be happy. In going along with this theme, I went to Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth. As you can see from the pictures, I was very happy. Also, in keeping with this theme, I decided that I was going to spend more of this year focusing on my happiness. With my son turning 21 this year and my daughter graduating high school and heading off the college, I felt this was a good time to make focusing on me my goal. Sometimes, I feel like I've spent my whole life being a mother. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was ten years old while she was pregnant with my youngest brother Victor. He was my responsibility. Then I had started having kids at 19. My whole focus has been my kids, so I never did the things that most twenty year olds did, so with this birthday, I decided fun would be my theme.
My husband and I went out last night, and when we got home at about midnight, our son asked my husband about dinner. My husband told me it took all of his control not to yell at the boy. I just laughed and shook my head. I know that I often say to my son, "Julian. You realize that when I was your age, I was feeding not only myself, but you! Get your own dinner. You're a grown man." Usually, he gives me this expression of "Oh yeah. I forgot. Sorry." and he shrugs and heads off to the kitchen.
In my son's defense, I spend many nights cooking for them, but he knew that we were going out last night. We actually invited him to join us, but he begged off. You'd think that since we weren't home at dinnertime, that he'd figure out that he was on his own for dinner, but nope. Hopefully when my son goes off to college in September, he won't forget how to feed himself.
Have a Happy Lupie Day!