The chapter commences by highlighting that not all the aging people are happy about celebrating their birthdays, but the irony comes about when the author affirms that she likes celebrating her birthday, and that is the reason she plans for it months ahead. Most women dislike aging because they feel that they had not achieved what they had planned, or dreamt of when they were young. Besides, they feel like they have underachieved, and have not been able to get all the things they fancied they would achieve in life (Hollis). For instance, Hollis shares the story of how they tried to adopt an Ethiopian child for years, the experiences they underwent after taking the babies from foster care, and later being deprived the joy of being a mother.
It is evident that the author had a lot of plans about being a mother, but soon after, her plans were unsuccessful. With all these happening, she chooses to seek spiritual intervention, and this forced her to develop faith. Through faith, she was able to become a mother, and from experience, she learned that it is prudent to make achievable goals instead of setting time limits. Additionally, formulating a list of the things one has achieved is an important aspect towards building esteem, and being proud of the aging process.