on 39

2_17 Andrea jumping off a rock in Krabi Thailand39
is a no nonsense number;
taken seriously when needed.
experience not lacking,
it can walk into a room and converse with strangers about career shifts, investments, parenthood, debt, commitment.

39 can have fun too!
dangling on the brink of four decades,
it leans over an expansive view of risks-
like jumping off a big rock into the ocean at Krabi
like opening a business in a small tourist town
like drinking four dirty martinis in one night.

39 is bold, but humbly learning,
awakened, but constantly questioning,
energetic, but increasingly cautious.

39 has curves,
rounding inwardly to safe-keep truths
con-caving subtly to house deep fears.
attractively mature,
it can evoke arousal
with its confidence,
entice closeness
with its wisdom.

it complains out loud about poor customer service,
experiments with trending fashion,
relishes “old” 80s tunes,
respects the power of sunscreen,
tends to wiry grays.

and, even if it seems all grown up,
39 never,
ever,
is too old for a solo dance party-
music cranked up to
wildly deafening.

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10 comments
  1. Anonymous said:

    So thoughtful and so thought-provoking, Christine. You could not even imagine this, but I can insert MY number, 69, into this and, strangely, it all still makes perfect sense…especially the ending! Happy birthday.

  2. Nice to know I can expect to be solo dancing for 30 more years! Thanks for your comment ;)

  3. brita said:

    Just wonderful. I should revive those solo dance parties as i only have 6 more months until I hit the end of the 3rd decade:))

  4. Anonymous said:

    Happy birthday, Christine. I wish your 39 brings you more of what you want in life. Mine was good, better than I expected for sure. And they say 40s are better than 30s. I hope yours will be better as well. ;) cheers,

  5. {.k.} said:

    Happy birthday dear Christine! My best wishes! :)

  6. Anonymous said:

    Belated Happy Birthday! Just turn 39 myself today :)

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