To many.....18 is just a number. To me it embodies so much more than that. It is the age when you become an adult. So many kids look forward to this age with such envy. We were always in such a hurry to be 18. We could do what we wanted because we were adults and we could vote. I guess we could choose to buy tobacco if we wanted and purchase lotto tickets. We could even sign our own permission slips! I remember this being one of my favorite things. I always signed my Mom's name anyway - she would never remember to sign my stuff and I was a good kid - so she allowed me to do this. I always told her any time I had to sign it.
To me and my family, however, 18 has a much different meaning. 18 was always Malea's lucky number. I don't know why it was - just every time a number was involved for her - it was 18. Dave asked me to marry him on the 18th of February. It was a special day for me for a long time. We got married on the 8th so I guess the number 8 is likely more significant than the 1.
In 2014 the number 18 became the worst number I could ever imagine. The date that Dave died. It was no longer Malea's favorite number. For quite a few months - probably close to 2 years - that date on the calendar I was just in a bad mood. Sometimes I wouldn't know why I was just in blah - but then I'd realize it was the 18th. My body just knew it was a bad day.
It just occurred to me though that I'm getting married in 2018. I don't know that May will ever be a good month for us (Malea told me she refused to come to the wedding if I got married in May) - but maybe we can turn this 18 around. I have to believe that because it once was such a good day - it can be an awesome year!!! 1998 was a really really bad year for me. 2008 was pretty good though - as that is when Keagan was born. 1988 was pretty good - Selena was born then and then 1978 of course was an awesome year - because I was born then :) I did turn 1998 around though as that is when I actually met Dave - so maybe the 8's are good to me. Please be good to me 2018!!!!
I am a wife and mother of 2. I have many different interests - baking, home renovations, music, education ;)