Maturity is where it's at

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By Alice Du Pont

I know by the calendar and the number of birthdays I have celebrated that I'm becoming a mature woman. It's no surprise and I'm not complaining. I love where I am right now.

I can travel and enjoy the scenery, the sights and the food to my heart’s content. By the end of the day, I'm not so tired that all I can do is collapse and fall in bed. I know what I like and don't like because I've already tried it.

For instance, people who like cruise ships are always trying to get me to take a trip on one. I have been on a cruise ship and I don't like them. I don't like being forced to eat dinner every night with strangers and I don't like all of that water around me either. Get me an airplane ticket and get me there. I don't want to dilly-dally around going to on-board shows and watching people gamble.

When it comes to eating I'll try almost anything once. I don't like it when people tell me the reason I don't like a certain dish is because I haven't eaten it the way they make it. For me, if I don't like a certain food it's not about the recipe, it's about the texture of the product that I find offensive to my palate.

I know how I like my bed made or unmade. A lot of times I don't make my bed before I leave home. My logic and justification to myself is that it won't be long before I'm right back in it. But it's true the bed seems to relax me more if I've made it before I leave home. The one thing I will not do is go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. I don't care if it's 4 a.m., if there are dishes in the sink, they'll be washed and put away and the floor swept before I lay my head on the pillow. My mother used to always say the kitchen isn't clean unless the floor is swept.

I don't like sleeping in recliners. My feeling is, if you're sleepy, go to bed. Unless you live alone,no one wants to see you asleep in a chair with your head hanging to one side. If I take a nap during the day, I change into pajamas. They call clothes outerwear for a reason.

I know what kind of books I like to read. I love to read romantic history, especially Marion Chesney books. They may not be as much history but they are predictable and short. My fascination is that they're set in the 17th Century when London was filled with carriages and everyone slept until 2 p.m. because they had been attending grand balls all night.

I also like old black and white movies as well as the Food Network and Home and Garden channels.

Maturity has its perks and the main one is knowing what you like and don't like.