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Thirty October 17, 2009

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“A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty”

by Ogden Nash

Unwillingly Miranda wakes,
Feels the sun with terror,
One unwilling step she takes,
Shuddering to the mirror.

Miranda in Miranda’s sight
Is old and gray and dirty;
Twenty-nine she was last night;
This morning she is thirty.

Shining like the morning star,
Like the twilight shining,
Haunted by a calendar,
Miranda is a-pining.

Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

Time is timelessness for you;
Calendars for the human;
What’s a year, or thirty, to
Loveliness made woman?

Oh, Night will not see thirty again,
Yet soft her wing, Miranda;
Pick up your glass and tell me, then–
How old is Spring, Miranda?


Posting this poem (and even just coming across it the other day) is so relevant right now. I am turning thirty in less than a year, and the number is already bothering me. I spent a little under $100 the other day on special cleanser and day cream to help even out my skin and supposedly make fine lines disappear. It hasn’t done anything of the sort, and I just blew my money for nothing. A friend pointed out her eye wrinkles a few weeks ago, so when I took a good look in the mirror later, I realized that I’m getting them, too. Yikes. Yet, as the poem points out, I am still in the Spring of my life, so why should I worry over tiny lines and wrinkles. Yes, they will deepen and I will age, but I am still youthful now, so I should enjoy it until it fades away. Besides, everyone thinks I’m younger than I really am, so I should be happy with that. Now that I’m taking good care of myself, maybe I will age gracefully.


7 Responses to “Thirty”

  1. Katrina Says:

    UGH. I don’t want to think about turning 30… It just takes too much effort.. I’m stating to “notice” those lines also.. seriously.. around my eyes. Where did the time go?

    Thank you so much for this poem.

  2. Mary Says:

    30 really isn’t that bad! And you look great so I don’t think you need to worry about it!

  3. Mary Ann Says:

    I’m excited about 30 only because of our celebration trip! I do not look forward to turning 30 at all. There are so many things that I thought I would have by now, that I don’t. At least you are the baby of our group. I’ll be the first to hit the big 3 – 0!

  4. mindy Says:

    you’re being way too hard on yourself! You look sooo young! I would never have thought we were the same age! check out my blog for a few great and cheap home spa treatments ( try the asprin scrub! it works soo well!- i get the same results I get from microdermabrasion!)


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