It’s my 29th birthday again!  I decided to run with a theme on “aging” for picture submissions from fans and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all.  There was a good mix of funny, sentimental, literal, and silly – perfect!  I had no clue what I wanted my “Aging” image to be though.  I racked my brain on what the term meant to me and I kept coming back to the same concept:  acceptance.

Kyle and Kylie made me cupcakes for my birthday.  They were a beautiful mess – chocolate and vanilla icing smeared on the tops with finger holes in a few cupcakes to confirm Kylie had been there.  She decorated mine with Snow White cupcake toppers that she got for Christmas – it was a huge deal for her to gift them to me for my birthday.  They stuck out of my cupcake uneven and awkward and a simple pink candle lit up the middle.

This for me defined aging.  It’s messy and awkward.  It’s imperfect… fading and sometimes out of focus.  At first glance, it’s not much to look at.  It’s only after you hear the story of how the cupcake came to be that you really appreciate it’s “beauty”.  More than anything, it’s real.  It’s honest.  There are no 3 inch swirls of icing with designer decor nor fancy flavors to die for.  It’s just a token of love.  Once we have aged enough to accept this humble little cupcake, all we’re able to see is the way it lights up the room instead.

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