Fib, Fab and (Finally) 40!

Can you believe it?  No, not my nauseating use of alliteration, but the fact that I’ve been blogging away for a year now about turning 40.

Working up a sweat in 2010.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I think my 39th year broke me in. If you’ve followed my journey this past year, then you know I’ve been sweating my butt off at the gym, trying to get this body into better shape. I think I’ve accomplished that. I’m 30 pounds lighter. I wanted 20 more, but I’m not going to complain. I’m going to celebrate instead.

But it’s not over. Not by a long shot. I’m going to do the Rock ‘N Roll 1/2 Marathon in Savannah on November 5th. My good friend Laura (who also turns 40 this year) came up with the idea. She has been battling breast cancer since late last year and is ready celebrate life again after undergoing surgery, chemo, and radiation – and I plan to be there with her!

So what did I do for my birthday? Acutally, I received my birthday present early. My husband had a special delivery flown in from Salt Lake City in February – my bestest friend in the whole world, Kathy. Kathy and I have been friends since we were toddlers. Just the sound of her voice on the phone takes me back to the magical time of our childhood. It’s almost like hearing my parents voices again. I can’t explain it any better than that. She’s part of my history.

I had no idea of my husband’s secret plan. In fact, the day Kathy arrived I was in bed resting after breaking a toe getting reading for work that morning. I was feeling sorry for myself. The week before I had to get a cortizone shot in my shoulder. Then the broken toe. It just all seemed like too much. I know, pathetic right?

Me (on right) and Kathy - 1973.

I heard the dog barking and thought the mailman or UPS man had come. Scott came into the bedroom and said he wanted to give me my birthday present early. Okay, I said. I figured it was a new scanner from QVC. When I didn’t rush right out to the living room, he reappeared and asked if I wanted him to bring it to me. Okay, I said. Then he disappeared back down the hallway and came back , empty-handed. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then he said, “I want you to know I had this shipped all the way from Utah…” and in runs Kathy. “Surprise!!!” she screamed, waving her hands in the air. WHAT???!!! That’s all I could say for several minutes. Even after Kathy jumped on the bed and gave me a big wet kiss on the cheek. WHAT???!!!

I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present. Turning 40 reaffirmed what is most important in my life – spending time with the people I love. And taking care of my body contributes to that end, keeping me around for more birthdays!

Forty’s lookin’ pretty good.

March 2011.

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.