I’ve got a Big Birthday Coming Up

My birthday is in six weeks. I want to start talking about it because it’s freaking me out a little. Plus, I can’t think of what to do to celebrate.

So, forgive the total, self-involved, vain, narcissistic post today. I’m trying to buck myself up. Not that all my posts aren’t all like that, I’m just recognizing that today I am reaching new heights.

I was looking for something to do with Echo yesterday and found this picture of myself. It was taken 13 years ago:

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So I compared it to a picture that was taken 5 years ago:

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And finally to one that was taken last summer, at my book party:

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They were all taken by talented photographers who know how to make people look good, is the thing. But the last one is pretty much what I look like. I had my hair done for the party, but other than that, I didn’t do anything special. I have no makeup on beyond lipstick. Not bad for the BIG BIRTHDAY that is coming up. (Oh GOD, could I be more pathetic??)

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “I’ve got a Big Birthday Coming Up

  1. RELAX !!! A birthday is just a number. If you look at the roster of people you went to high school with-it might surprise you how many are no longer with us. They never had the opportunity to celebrate the birthday in question.

    FWIW, I think women age far more gracefully than us menfolk.

  2. Hi! Thanks. But it’s a REALLY REALLY big one, as far as birthdays go. But I agree that in the end, I’m still alive and that’s all that counts.

  3. Hi Stacy, and happy prospective birthday. In another year, I hit an even bigger round number than you – and I’m still hopping!

    I am now in Barcelona, by the way.

    Keep on truckin’ – and be in touch.

  4. 13 years ago you had a wary beauty

    5 years ago you had a sultry (ambitious) beauty

    Now you have a happy beauty — you look so happy and smart in this photo.

    Dive headlong into the dizziness of this BIG birthday, and you’ll come out richer on the other end.

    deb

  5. Hi Ray! World-traveler!

    Deb, that has got to be one of the nicest ways anyone has described my evolving looks. Thank you. Seriously. That was great. Yeah, life isn’t perfect, and I went through kind of a tough time not so long ago, but I crawled my way back up to relative happiness.

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