This week I had a birthday. My 51st birthday. Not one of those milestone birthdays. Just plain old 51. Some people have those milestone birthdays that are hard to accept. Age has never really been a big deal to me. Well, not until I turned 35. I recall thinking when my own mother was 35 that she was really old. Ancient in fact.

Then when one of my oldest sons was in middle school he came home one day talking about a really bad wreck in front of the school that morning. Apparently, an older lady’s car was hit and she was pretty badly hurt. I asked how old he thought she was (of course I’m thinking ‘older’ as in elderly) and he pipes up and says, “oh, you know, like 35.” Age apparently is one of those relative things!

50 was another one of those years for me. I have two grown sons and two sons in high school. No big deal at my age right? Well, I also have an 8 year old daughter. Again, no big deal right? Unless you count the seemingly endless times I’ve been referred to as her grandmother. And I guess we can attribute that to the fact that I have old hair. Something I was told by a cute little 5 year old in the pre-K class I was teaching about ten years ago. Again, no big deal right?

Well, bear with me on this one. My daughter is 8 and I’m 51. She’s not too far away from having her hormones kick in and you know what happens to women of a certain age with old hair! Now panic has begun to set in! Puberty and menopause happening at the same time? Oh Lord, save us all! It is ok to ask God to go ahead and let me go through menopause is it? I mean seriously. It can’t be that bad can it? Again, no big deal right?

Except that when you pray for something specific you better be prepared to get what you ask for. So, welcome to the process of menopause. Of course it can’t be as simple as just being done with all that womanly stuff. God’s kinda sly like that. I’m pretty sure he enjoys a good joke just like the rest of us.

Just so you know, this is when I venture into the ‘too much information’ category.

Sometimes your period will last 2 or 3 days. Sometimes almost 2 weeks. Sometimes it’s very light and sometimes you bleed like a stuck pig! Sometimes there are 60 or 70 days in between and sometimes only 4 or 5. Then there’s the depression and the lack of sleep. And the mood changes or mood swings if you will. {or we can just say crazy} And the lack of sleep which causes its own mood altering depression! Welcome to my world y’all.

Let’s not forget about my all time favorite. The Hot Flashes. I’m not talking about the kind of heat you want to share with your special someone either. This is the ‘someone turned my internal heater on full blast sub-zero fighting, strip your clothes off as fast as you can, don’t touch me kind of heat!’

My new mantra is, I will look for the good in all of this. I will look for the good in all. of. this! My hormones are the only ones we are dealing with at this moment. I know my husband and my boys appreciate this. Well, my husband probably not so much! So, when the time comes for puberty to make an appearance all I have to say is bring it on! And if you see the guys fleeing from the house don’t worry about me. I will be mercifully hormone free and sitting back enjoying a bottle glass of wine!

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 

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  1. Tina Thompson Reply

    I can tell you from experience, that menopause is merciless. I will be 50 in July and I'm already finished with it and on the other side of "the change". Took the hormone pills and I think they made me every moodier!!! So I stopped. Now, I feel so much better. Hang in there and you will be ready for the puberty.
    But, you are so right with the no sleep, hot flashes, mood swings, Lord, I thought I was losing my mind.

    I love reading your blogs, so real.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Carol Vinson Reply

    Merciless is so right!! Not sure I will survive it at this point! I also feel like I am losing my mind some days – not sure how much of that is menopause related or just the fact that I have two teenagers and an 8 year old at home.

    So glad you enjoy reading and thanks for coming back!

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