The Norman Transcript


January 5, 2014

Pondering 40



Every morning is a battle with getting everything to work together, too. I honestly don't remember ever getting up in the morning and it taking a good 10 minutes for my mind to tell my body that its time to get moving.

The hairs on my head turn gray a little faster these days and I've noticed that those old injuries as a youth are starting to haunt again. If you ever want a really accurate weather forecast, let me know. Chances are my left ankle will let you know if there is rain headed our way.

I've also noticed that the bag boys at the grocery store call me ma'am now and they always seem a bit upset that I don't accept their offers for carry out service.

As I reflect back on my 39 years, I'm amazed at what all has been thrown at me. I'm blessed to have had a loving, supportive family that has pushed me to excel. I never dreamed I'd go to college all those years ago when I was calculating my age. Going to college was something rare in my family, especially for women.

I never imaged owning a home and having a wonderful partner to share it with. I never thought I'd have a job that challenges me daily and one that gives me so much pride.

I'm an aunt to a beautiful 13 year old and the mother to two of the silliest dogs I think ever have existed. I've been blessed to always have the things I needed and the mind to dream about the things I want. I've had a great 39 years and I can only hope that the next 39 years are filled with even more joyous surprises and wonderful memories. 

Shana Adkisson


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