Today I Feel Old

August 31, 2009 at 9:16 am 24 comments

Once upon a time, there was this cute little girl that lived in the great state of Texas. She was the youngest of three kids. Everyone loved her. She had the cutest, most squeezable cheeks. She was shy and charming. But the most endearing quality she possessed were these:



(Sorry it’s blurry and shiny. I took a picture of a picture because I’m too lazy to figure out how to work the scanner.)

Look at those curls. Aren’t they precious? Everyone loved these curls. They’d hold them and play with them and every time someone new would meet this little girl, they’d greet her with an “awwwww.” She was darling. If things had continued on along this path, it’s very possible that she could have ruled the world with the power of her curls.


So this little girl went along her merry way, not really knowing how intoxicating her curls were. All she knew was that she’d hear people talking about her. “Oh my goodness. Look how adorable. Those curls are so precious, I could just cut them off and put them in my pocket!” And again. “Oh sweet girl! I wish I could cut those curls off and save them forever.”

I have to believe that these comments influenced this little girl to do the most awful thing she’d ever done in her life.

One day while watching something highly educational like Barney or a recording of her mother’s surgery, she settled into a big brown La-Z-Boy and did the unthinkable. She took a pair of child’s scissors, cut her beautiful curls, and stuffed them into a tin can that was intended to be a pencil cup. Maybe she was tired of being seen for her curls. Maybe she wanted to cut them off and save them like she’d heard so many people talk about. Maybe she just thought it would be fun.

Whatever the case, it proved to be a bad bad move. Those soft ringlets never grew back. And, what’s worse, she angered her hair so much that for the rest of her life, it had a mind of it’s own and did very spastic things.


That little girl in Texas was my sister. She’s now a big girl in Missouri. Today she turns 21. Twenty one. Today my sister is old. (By the way, that photo was not taken today. She was drinking that beer illegally. Just thought yall should know so you don’t think I’m off on another fancy cruise.)

Some of you have the pleasure of knowing my sister. She’s the best. The best of the best. She’s funny and friendly and smart and beautiful and insanely creative and talented. And she doesn’t have a love affair with the word “and” like her sister.

Look what she did.

lindsay portrait

See, I told you she was talented!

Happy birthday Lindsay! I wish I could spend time with you today but you are far away in a weird state. (I know what it’s like to have to be away from everyone on your birthday. It’s not fun.) Just know that we’re all thinking about you today and we love you so much. And we all feel old. I probably ought to go check on mom this afternoon… I’m not sure how well she’s responding to her baby girl being 21.

Since it’s Monday, I wouldn’t recommend a crazy night. Professors don’t care if it’s your birthday. So go buy a bottle of wine or champagne and have a nice dinner with your girls.

To everyone else. Wish my sister a Happy Birthday. Tell her how wonderful and beautiful she is.


I love you, Sister!

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  • 1. Lyndsey  |  August 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

    She is wonderful and smart and talented and beautiful and fun and thoughtful and funny and tall! (and best of all a Rosenhagen… my second favorite family)

    Happy Birthday little Lindsay! You are all grown up! We need to meet up somewhere in our “wierd” state and celebrate!!!!!!

  • 2. Lindsay  |  August 31, 2009 at 9:58 am


    I KNEW IT! The second I saw that picture of the back of my head the story you were going to tell. I just knew it. Thanks for I was like 3 or 4 and didn’t know what I was doing! Also? I don’t remember that last picture. At all. Weird.

    I’m not going out tonight. I never do that during the week…I’m just having dinner at Cheddars with my friends.

    ps, Mom just sent me her THIRD text about her “little” girl growing up…ha!

  • 3. This Heavenly Life  |  August 31, 2009 at 10:12 am


    Uh, I mean, Happy birthday to your little sister with the baby curls in a can – what a sweet tribute 🙂

  • 4. Sarah  |  August 31, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Happy birthday, Lindsay!

    I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown when my sister turned 21 in January. I felt so old!

  • 5. Samantha  |  August 31, 2009 at 10:54 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your sister! Happy Birthday to her!

  • 6. Jimbo  |  August 31, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Happy happy 21st birthday Lindsay! Good idea on not being too crazy tonight…Cheddars’ spinach dip is crazy enough I think!

  • 7. DebbieQ  |  August 31, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Happy 21st Birthday Lindsay! And we won’t tell anyone about the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages.

  • 8. Jill  |  August 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Happy 21st Birthday Lindsay, sister of Chelsea, consumer of Bud Light, cutter of curls! (I have no idea why I said that)

  • 9. Lauren From Texas  |  August 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Lindsay! You and Chelsea look SO much alike 🙂 I had baby curls too – until I backed up to a heater and singed them off. They never grew back either.

  • 10. Rachel  |  August 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Happy birthday Linds!! I can’t believe you’re 21… In my mind I keep picturing the middle schooler who wouldn’t say hi when I yelled hi at her in the halls of LSA. I’m glad you grew out of that. 🙂

  • 11. Rachel  |  August 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    PS- Chelsea, stop calling Missouri weird!!!!!!!!!

  • 12. Lindsay  |  August 31, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    MIssouri IS weird.

  • 13. Lindsay  |  August 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Oh, Mom is on her ELEVENTH text…just thought I’d update you.

  • 14. Aunt Bonnie  |  August 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    So let you mom have her texts! Her baby is 21, for heaven’s sake. You’re just gonna have to be tolerant of us OLDER folks:)
    Happy Birthday, LIndsay Boo. And…..yes we did love those beautiful curls!!!!
    Love you

  • 15. Lyndsey  |  August 31, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Missouri is not wierd.

  • 16. Kyla Roma  |  August 31, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Happy birthday to your sister! Beautiful and talented isn’t a shabby combination, hey? =) Looks like it runs in the genes!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • 17. Kelly  |  August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Great photos! Happy Birthday Lindsay (she is beautiful). Oh, and what is it about little girls wanting to cut their own hair? I think we’ve all been there.

  • 18. Marissa  |  September 1, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Aw! Happy birthday to your sister!

  • 19. Gabby  |  September 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Happy Birthday! Weird or not!

  • 20. Ashley  |  September 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hate to tell you that 21 is really the last fun birthday as far as “OMG I’m (insert age)!”

  • 21. Lisa Hendricks  |  September 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Lindsay! It seems like only yesterday you were in our 3rd-4th grade Sunday school class and I kept calling you Chelsea! I am so sorry. You are a beautiful young woman.

  • 22. The Husband  |  September 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    This is late on here, but happy birthday!

  • 23. mom  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I managed to send my BABY girl 21 text messages and I’m most certainly sure she was waaaay tired of getting them by the 6th one! Oh well, since I couldn’t be with her it had to be that way. Thanks for such a nice tribute to your baby sister (your ONLY sister) – what a blessed family we are to have such wonderful relationships! I am soooo very thankful! (And I still cringe when I think of how we had to cut those precious curls totally off!)

  • 24. Debbie  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    awww, what a sweet post!!! and your mom sending 21 texts….precious!! 🙂

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