Birthdays, Celebrating Life

I like birthdays! I’m not sure when this phenomenon occurred. It just sort of happened as I aged. I remember when I turned 40 (barely). I loved that birthday! It seemed to never end. There were events happening one after another. My husband bought a dining suite that I had been wanting as a surprise. The kids were young. I’m not sure how they managed to get it up the stairs and all set up. Bonus: I had the most beautiful bouquet of flowers that I have ever received sitting on that table, with the lights dimmed to make an appealing sight. Although I didn’t have the for withal to snap a photo (this was before the smart phone came into our lives) I will forever have a memory of that view as I walked into the great room and saw what awaited me. birthdays are special, celebrating life, birthday cake, turning the next age And then…several of my girlfriends showed up at our house as a surprise, with a chair in tow that went with the dining suite. They then wisked me off for dinner and a movie. The movie was Runaway Bride. That was a while back, folks. The details about the table and chair are a little fuzzy. I think the plan was to get the table first and purchase the chairs a few at a time. My husband had four of the chairs around the table when I walked in to see my gift, however,  after my friends came bearing one, suddenly the other appeared, or something to that affect. Bottom line is six chairs have always accompanied the table. We still have the dining suite. 🙂

Turning 50 was an amazing birthday too! I decided I wanted a party! I had a few guidelines for my husband just to help him through. What, you didn’t think I would throw myself a party did you? I wanted to invite all our family and friends, I wanted our boys to play a few songs, I wanted a guest book for people to sign but no gifts please and the most important tip of all… he should call my friend Debbie for help.

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The party was everything I hoped for.

My birthday is in January. It has been like that since the day I was born. 😉 There aren’t a lot of things to do in the dead of winter so a tradition was started several years ago, with the exclusion of the turning 50 bash. We go see a movie (of my choice, of course) and dinner out with the whole family. I think that’s what I like the best these days, having all our kids together, sharing a meal, better still, one that I don’t have to cook. The best gifts ever…our kids.

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Birthdays are special. It’s the celebration of a person and the world being a better place because they are in it. My husband generally goes all out in the gift department. He’s not big on shopping as a general rule, however, he does birthdays in a big way.

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I’m not sure it is any one particular reason why I so enjoy birthdays. I just do. And I think the older I get, the more I come to enjoy and appreciate them. Life is short. Loved ones are important. That’s why I like birthdays.

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