Today, I turned 40. Talk about a time for reflection. In the last ten years, for example, I have started law school, become a mom, completed law school, become an attorney, become a mom again, found a job that I adore and started the process of becoming a partner at my firm. Not a bad showing, I'd say.
When I think back and wonder "what would have happened if...?" there really isn't a single big decision over the last ten years that I would change. Which is funny, thinking about it, because seriously, who would have expected me to end up in a small town EVEN SMALLER than the one I grew up in? Certainly no one who knew me before. I was the girl who got on a plane three days after high school graduation and flew to California. I was the girl who got the crazy idea to spend a full year in Japan during college, and who moved to St. Louis within a year of graduating from college! How in the HECK did I end up here?!
Happy coincidence? I really don't think so. Looking back, I think in my heart I was always a small town girl. I love it that my children can go play in the backyard and up the street without worrying about them. I love it that my kids know every single other kid in their grade, not to mention those a year above and below them. That when I walk in to the courthouse, people know each other and that my son calls the Sheriffs' deputies by their first names.
Today is a great day. It's been a great life... It's good to be 40.