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Wednesday
Jun042008

Better.

Why, hello there. You know what helps one feel better? Prozac, and a Wii. Did I mention that last week was my birthday? And nine days before that was Scott's birthday? So we bought each other a Wii. Also, it's our ninth anniversary, um, tomorrow. And lo, we have a Wii! It's a present that keeps on giving. The Wii, that is. (Okay, also the medication. Huzzah for medication! Damn the naysayers!)

I am 39 now. And Scott turned 38. He's a baby. For nine days we were the same age, so we walked around nodding at each other. "Whoa," Scott said, and I said, "yup." He finally got it. Then I hurtled ahead of him and now he can't possibly understand my perspective on anything. I was born in the SIXTIES, man. It was DIFFERENT.

Reader Comments (89)

Oh, see, that I don't get at all.

Instead I find myself feeling quite the young thing for the 6 months and 5 days of each year when my husband is quite a bit older than I am. Then, he miraculously seems younger again for the rest of the year.

But we were both born in the same year of the 60's and we've been married for almost nineTEEN years. So honestly? We're both really as old as our teenagers think we are. Enjoy the last of your thirties!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen
So relieved you're feeling better. Those meds really can work wonders, huh?
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither
Glad to hear (read?) you are feeling better.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
I get you! My husband is 8 months younger than me and likes to rub it in around my birthday even though I'm more than generous around his with the compliments. Eh, he can bite it.As for the Wii, have you tried the bowling? Talk about a workout!Huzzah and happy birthday!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSprite's Keeper
I am sooo glad you are back and are feeling better. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. Keep playing the Wii. Nothing but good times.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
Happy birthday and happy anniversary to you and Pretty Rambo. I'm so so glad to hear you're feeling better .. keep on truckin'.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdana
yay! yay! super yay! did i mention yay?
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermainja
Happy Birthday! Glad you are back and feeling better.

My sister and I are the same age for 18 days (my poor sainted mother). When we were little, she used to drive me nuts by telling me, "I'm older than you now because my birthday was first." Drove me bonkers. (I am getting heart palpataions just thinking about it now.)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNoimagination
People in their late 30's were born in the 60's. I never actually stopped to think about that ... things are different ...

Happy birthday, anniversary and all the rest.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterneutron
My 39th birthday is in 3 weeks and I, too, celebrated by getting a Wii (it should be delivered today)! Something about 39th birthdays and Wiis just naturally go together, don't they?
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaynee
My husband and I recently had our 11th anniversary and bought ourselves a Wii Fit - it is so much FUN and provides us with lots of laughs! You think the bowling is a workout - so did I, until I discovered the Super Hoola Hoop!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJane
So glad to hear you are feeling better. And happy late birthday to you and Scott. We bought a Wii for our Christmas present and it is fabulous. I love tennis!!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrian
Dearest Alice,

Why happy birthday to you, old dear. I hope 39 is a good one for you. Personally I had difficulty with it, but it's a long, sordid story that I will not bore, nor boar you with.

But I'm over it now! And this July I'll be sliding into...43. Ack.

And the 60's WERE different.

Trippingly,Joe

June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeyJoe
So glad you are feeling better. It is amazing how the meds (I call them life rafts) they can make you feel like yourself again.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen
My husband was born 23 months after me--he in 1970, me in 1968. Why does that 60s/70s thing make all the difference? And now I'm 40, and he still has more than 18 months left of being in his 30s...
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternate
Happy Birthday Alice!! Sooooo glad your feeling better.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjulie
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary (we were 9 years last week, too)! And can I hear an AMEN for medication? It's a tool, not a crutch, and the hell with anyone who tries to tell you otherwise. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynn in Tucson
Yikes. I was just a year out of college when you were born. I'm heading up to Wellesley this weekend for my 40th reunion. Started reading your blog after the Alumni Mag published your story a while back. So glad you're feeling better! Drugs, Wii, whatever it takes it's a good thing.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim
I am so jealous. I want the Wii terribly but my hubby decided the Playstation 3 was the way to go. Boo. I may have to lobby for the Wii for Christmas. Should probably start sucking up now.

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCara
Hooray Prozac and birthdays and anniversaries! I have no Wii, though, so I can't comment.

Glad you are feeling better. Hugs.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBipolarlawyercook
Congrats on the Wii. I think you'll LOVE it! And happy birthday and happy anniversary and all that good stuff.

My "type" is older guys you could say, and right now my husband is 30 and I am 29 and he's like you're just a young twenty-something and you're married to a guy in his thirties, how hot is that. And I'm like VERY HOT.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRubiaLala
So glad you're doing better. I'm seriously considering going on meds for my own reasons and it's encouraging to read how fast they've helped you. hoping things continue to brighten up for you...

Just bought a Wii, too! I've been Wii-dicted since my best friends got one. Just ordered one off eBay and am dying for it to get here! Wii Fit is so much fun! I mean, fun, given that you're working out. :)
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFeather nester
I <3 Wii. When you get tired of exercising your body, get Big Brain Academy and exercise your mind :) Me and my husband have been married 10 years this year. He is 38 like your husband but I'm only 30 (snicker). I get way too much enjoyment out of making him feel old.
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Oh, and yay Prozac!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
The Wii is the bomb! We love it...just bought it for my husband's birthday...we play it almost everyday. Glad to see things are getting better for you!
June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

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