On Turning 40

I’ve been dreading this day for as long as I can remember. Three years ago, when Mary brought up the fact that I was closing in on the big 4-0, I turned on my heel and walked out of the room, indignant that she would say such a hateful thing. But, after two years of arm wrestling with breast cancer, I can honestly say I’m thrilled to be turning 40. Cancer changed me, whether for better or worse is still to be seen. But it struck me recently when I heard someone say that aging is a privilege not a right. Today, I feel extremely privileged.

5 Responses

  1. Christie says:

    Every day is a gift. Happy birthday Catherine. Here’s to your next decade.

    best wishes,

  2. amy says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  3. joyce says:

    Happy Birthday! Happy Year! You may be surprised to hear, that many things become more wonderful!!

  4. Elyce says:

    Funny: I read the title and paused, unsure if I wanted to read (as I head toward 50). But I’m glad I did. New lease on life: we’re alive and kicking. Bravo and happy 40 (my husband just turned 40 this June himself).

    Happy holidays, too.

  5. Mary Casey says:


    To my very young and beautiful friend, we both have new decades beginning, let’s make the most of them!
    Next time you are in the Ville and have the time we have a wonderful bottle of wine that the four of us can toast with.
    Love Mary and Joe