When I was a kid, I kept a journal and in it I made a list of “Things To Do Before 30.” Well good news, everyone, I’m going to be 29 on Tuesday and it seems that I’ve already accomplished it all. Keep in mind while reading that when I wrote the list, I looked like this:
Things To Do Before 30
1. Have a boy like me back.
2. Have a boyfriend.
3. Kiss a boy.
4. Ride a horse again.
5. Hold hands with a boy.
6. Be on TV.
7. Disney World, the happiest place on earth. Go there.
8. Be on the radio.
9. Go on a date with a boy.
I remember a short while after writing the list, I called a radio station to request one of my favorite songs, “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora. I loved it because of the lyrics “monkey business on a sunny afternoon.” It didn’t take much to entertain me, I guess. Much to my surprise, when I called they allowed me to request it on-air and I was 100% positive that this meant I was now a superstar. At the time, I was wearing a green nightgown with a sparkly white horse on it which then, of course, became my lucky nightgown.
Later that summer, I was sleeping in said lucky nightgown when a hot air balloon landed in the field next to our house. My dad woke me up, we ran over to the balloon and I jumped around excitedly when my dad asked if I could go for a ride and the owner said yes.
I squeezed the edge of the basket as we floated through the sky and I couldn’t help but think I was magical and so many wonderful things were going to happen in my life.
Boys eventually liked me back, Disney World wasn’t the happiest place on earth, being on Katie Couric’s show was scary, I injured my back on the horse and somewhere along the line I realized I wasn’t all that magical. But hey, I accomplished everything on my list before turning 29.
So anyway, I was reminded of all this the other day when I heard Baltimora on my way to work. I still love that stupid song.