I won’t keep you in suspense. I’ll explain the title of this post. Today is my birthday, but this last year I felt younger. I dropped 20 pounds, increased my running speed, became competitive, set some challenging goals, and that was just the physical stuff.
This year a few things happened that have clearly gone my way. The first and best thing, is that Wendy is pregnant with a baby boy. This is a dream come true. I’ve waited my whole life to have a son. Now, to be clear: I LOVE my daughters. I wouldn’t trade the order of my family, or who’s in it. But there is something about a father having a son. The Nelson name can continue on; there is a strength that can be lent to me as I get old. Etceteras.
This year the girls started a Portuguese Immersion program, which is just too cool. They are going to pick up a language that will benefit them in so many ways. Lucy has become a help around the house. She is eager to learn and to show what she’s learned.
Wendy has battled sickness and is carrying on like a champ as her pregnancy wears on. I don’t have any desire to see what it’s like to be pregnant.
I bought a truck and a gun this year. So I’ve taken a small step toward becoming more of That Guy, whomever he is.
Today will be a different day from my last birthday. While it’s true that I’m in better shape than I was as this time, last year, I also currently have pneumonia. So there will be no -3 degrees ice run on Utah Lake. Also it’s Sunday. So it looks as though the running on my birthday tradition will give in to the Sabbath and sickness. Sometimes traditions are only as good as they make sense.
Anyway, it’s been a great year. I told Wendy, today, that for some reason, I really look forward to getting older. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’ve really tried to take care of my body. Compared to many of my friends, I have a very young body for my age. I get this from my dad, who, at the age of 73, looks and moves like a 60-year old. We age young as Nelsons.
I am very much looking forward to my last year in my 30’s and look forward to see if I can drop a little more weight and run a little bit faster. I love my family, my church, my life. I hope I can live up to the blessings I’ve been so generously given.
Here’s to a great 39th year!