Not Quite 42

This was me in the summer of 1989, when I was working in my first job as a supplies clerk at a local Dallas hospital:

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And this is me about ten minutes ago, after a long day of on-campus meetings and persuading the kiddo to go to sleep at a less-insane bedtime:

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Except for the egregious mullet (I was growing it out, really I was) and dubious fashion-sense when I was seventeen years old (what on Earth was I thinking?), I find myself returning to familiar habits and interests when I was a teen.

In the summer of 1989, I was working at a place that helped people and put up with my quirky sensibilities. I didn’t have a boyfriend (actually, I never had one up to that point), instead being active as a bona fide scholastic geek with my geek friends at school — that is, when my parents didn’t plan family activities like going to or hosting Filipino parties.

I wrote a lot of bad bad bad unfinished fiction and should’ve-stayed-unfinished poetry. And — thanks to imported British programming on the local PBS television station — I was an absolutely obsessed Anglophile, having devoured (metaphorically) Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes, the 4th through 7th Doctor Who, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I’m wearing a “Don’t Panic” button in my mullet-y photo and I still have that button), and pretty much whatever the folks at KERA would throw at me.

Now I find myself — in the early days of 2014, a few months away from my 42nd birthday — working at a place that helps people and puts up with my quirky sensibilities (I really AM a nutty professor). I’m also a single mom with absolutely no — no, none, nein, nyet, NADA — desire to date anytime soon, instead focusing my energy to raising my kid and being there for my parents and siblings.

I write hopefully-above-average fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (like this blog).  And — thanks to discovering the awesomeness that is the revitalized Doctor Who (good god, David Tennant, can you be any skinnier? and, Matt Smith, I am fascinated with your odd eyebrows) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, that teen Anglophile in me is still so much there that I think I may just go ga-ga over seeing the Cliffs of Dover like I did back in November of 1993, sleep-deprived on a Belgium ferry at 4 o’clock in the morning.

I guess what I’m saying is that I feel young inside, in spite of this middle-aged body.

Is that the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question?

Nah.

But it’s a pretty good feeling, indeed.

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About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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