WHAT I IMAGINED MY 48-YEAR-OLD LIFE WOULD BE LIKE WHEN I WAS 20

Now that I AM 48, I laugh when I remember the expectations I had for my future self. Here are some of the things I believed would happen:
  1. 1.
    I would get married and have two perfect children. TRUE - I did get married and have two perfect daughters.
  2. 2.
    That I would get divorced and remarried, because one time in elementary school, a library aide who claimed to be a palm reader read my palm, and she told me I would get divorced. I didn't want to believe her, but in the back of my mind, I was always worried. FALSE - I am happily married and in it for the long haul.
  3. 3.
    That when my two perfect children were little, I would go back to college and get my master's and Ph.D., because a mother with two young children would have "so much time on her hands." FALSE - if you're a mother or father this needs no explaining.
  4. 4.
    That I would become a famous and controversial newspaper reporter, a la Woodward & Bernstein. FALSE - who knew how little beginning newspaper reporters earned, and that they would have to pay their dues by covering beats like the school board in Lodi, California?
  5. 5.
    That I would not have grey hair, that I would always have manicured and painted fingernails, and that I would not leave the house without looking coiffed and made up. FALSE, FALSE, AND FALSE - but I'm certain my life is the better for it.