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She thinks it hits at 35. She watches her husband blow out the candles on his birthday cake, the smoke tendrils hovering in the air before they are swallowed up by the fan in the window of their new home.

By 35 you have settled down and started your family, and if you haven't, it's the year your mother begins to tell you that it's "now or never" and that if you chose the latter, you're going to regret it.

Their friends all sing an off-key version of Happy Birthday, holding long-stemmed glasses of red wine, except for Marie, since she's six months pregnant. She cuts her husband's cake into sizable pieces only to have three of the women decline as they are "watching their weight."

She looks down at the cake on her plate and thinks of the blank application for a gym membership on top of the refrigerator as her friends swap workout stories. She nods her head, gasping every so often and finishes it off with a lot of sympathetic grunting.  The men have begun swapping work stories now that they settled down into their leadership positions. They break out into perfectly-harmonized laughter that almost had to be rehearsed.

Someone mentions having to get up early for work and Marie and Tom leave as they have a doctor's appointment in the morning. The clock reads 9:30 and she rolls her eyes, but starts cleaning up the small paper plates scattered around the table. The guests trickle out of the house, echoing the same types of long goodbyes through the still bare hallways.

Her husband slips his arm around her waist, craning his neck down for a quick kiss.

"Thirty-five, it looks like I'm growing old now."
...the title is a work in progress. Right now, I just used the "thesis."

I'm getting old and no one warned me and I'm scared of adulthood because you spend the rest of your LIFE there. I didn't ask for this to happen. Please hold me.
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm. I'm 35. Haven't started a family yet, and my mother doesn't really care either way. She's got two granddaughters, a grandson and a great-grandson, courtesy of my sister.
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Sherjaxon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent write, but honey to be 35 again, would be glorious! Haaa! And even though I'm past 35, I'm like a great aunt who turned 91--she never thinks of herself as old. *grin*
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xthe-eleanorx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
I believe there are young parts and old parts in everyone, and finding a good balance of them is the key.
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Photographer
i love the way you descibe the everyday in a way that makes you live it in your writing. great concepts too<3
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xthe-eleanorx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
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TURNIP-SLOP Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I'm 19 now and yesterday I had a dream that a hippo ate my unicorn so I paid a dragon to beat it up :P I have zero intention of ever giving up my childishness, or my imagiation, or my love of exploring and I hope you don't either because it's true what they all say: everyone's a child at heart :)
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xthe-eleanorx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Writer
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is not.
(I also plan to either play laser tag or go to one of those pottery-painting places for my birthday, so clearly I'm choosing not to grow up.)
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hkr1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it... I've been feeling like crying lately because I realized my whole little child life is gone and it's never coming back. Ever. And I'm only fourteen.
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xthe-eleanorx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Writer
Your life isn't over yet! Though I myself remember feeling really old around fourteen, there is still a LOT more there. :D
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hkr1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I know. It's just sad... No more little child things like being carried in when you fall asleep or getting stuck in trees or playing really stupid games involving faeries... Ya know?
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