Sunday, October 18, 2009

You'll Have to Swallow Saliva

My mother’s husband buys himself a Spanish word-of-the-day calendar every year for Christmas. A couple of years ago, when I was visiting them for my birthday, I saw that the word for October 18 was “tragar” or “to swallow”. Helpfully, the calendar used the word in a sentence: “Tendrás que tragar saliva,” which translates literally to “You’ll have to swallow saliva,” or figuratively to “Grin and bear it.” I framed the calendar page and keep it on a bookshelf year-round.

October 18 is my birthday. I’m grinning and bearing it.

Actually I’m doing more than grinning and bearing it; I’m trying to get excited. The second half of my twenties was bad, really bad. I’m hoping that with a new decade in my life will come new opportunities and renewed happiness. I’m ready to turn the page.


  1. How cool- that is funny that that word and phrase come on your birthday! I am glad that you have such a good attitude about aging. I didn't have any problems until just this year- I turned 25- and started to realize that I am not a kid anymore- and I am not sure I am making the most of myself- or even what I want from life. sigh. Why is figuring out what you want so difficult?

  2. I don't really have a great attitude about aging, but I'm taking a "Fake it till you make it" approach to the whole thing.

    My dad always said people become grown ups when they're 25, so maybe that's what's caused your epiphany. And you just bought a house which seems very grown up to me.

    We may not know what we want, but at least we have blogs to explore our thoughts and to encourage each other.


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