Tomorrow’s a new day, or for me the start of what I’m calling my “Milestone Month.” July is filled with the moments you talk about with vagueness during your childhood, and it’s hard to believe that here I am actually about to live them out.
“Oh my gosh, imagine what we’ll look like at our 10-year reunion!” — I can still hear us squealing as freshman in high school.
Or “One day we’ll all be old and married!” — Said between giggles at a slumber party.
So yes, I’m approaching both of these, and as I look back neither has really been what I expected. Marriage has, in a word, been wonderful. Of course we have had the occasional married couple spat. Of course we have days where we take each other for granted, where we fight when we should be laughing. But I’m lucky to say that if the first year of marriage is the hardest as they say, we’re in for decades of pure joy. I truly can say I’ve never been happier, and to that I can’t wait to celebrate!
As for the high school reunion, it’s very surreal to be gathering together 10 years later. And to top it off, the main event coincidentally falls on my birthday. That’s right, just to remind me I’m a full decade older than I was when I so innocently graduated into “adulthood” as a wide-eyed senior. Thankfully I came out of high school with great memories, and have retained many of the friendships I formed during my time there. But it’s still odd to think we’re actually at the age where you get together to reunite officially.
But really, when you think about it, so much has changed in these 10 years. And thanks to social media’s explosion during our college years, we’ve had the chance see every moment play out. We’ve watched frat parties turn into bridal showers turn into baby showers turn into their children’s birthday parties. We’ve seen how each person changed (or didn’t.) Yes, social media has made high school reunions a far cry from “Romy & Michelle’s,” and I probably can’t get away with saying I invented Post-It notes to my classmates. But I’ll bet it will still be an interesting experience. I just hope the next 10 years don’t go by as quickly…
And while I toast to old friends, blow out 28 candles and share anniversary cake and bridal shower wine with my handsome hubby, I know I’ll be adding more than a few memories to my mind’s internal scrapbook. Cheers to this July — and all the spectacular ones to come!
What milestones do you have coming up? Share your stories, I’d love to hear them!