Today is a very special day dedicated to a very special lady. November 9th marks my mom’s birthday! On this celebratory day I’d like to dedicate my blog post to her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!
Since I have them on my mind, today’s post is about birthdays. How do you celebrate your most special day? Do you believe in making birthdays a big deal, or are you the type who likes to keep mum about the fact that the day has even arrived?
As children I think most people look forward to their birthdays with all of the enthusiasm in the world. After all, the day revolves around you, and it usually involves cake and presents! There are elaborate parties and singing of Happy Birthday in public. What’s not to love?
I found that right about high school some kids became too cool for birthday shenanigans. I personally believe they were faking a lack of enthusiasm to appear more “cool,” but I could be wrong. Maybe that’s the age that birthdays start to lose their charm.
Later in life the birthdays become less monumental. After we garner the right to vote at eighteen and enjoy a drop in car insurance costs at twenty-five, there is less and less to look forward to. I’m in my thirties now and have found that fewer and fewer of my friends look forward to their birthday, signifying only an advance in age. Personally I believe that birthdays are special. It is your extraordinary day, where the world celebrates the fact that you are an important part of their lives. I like to make a big deal out of it!
Thanks to Facebook, it’s easy to make birthdays fun. A little notification sits in your friend’s feed for days in advance, counting down the day until they should properly feed-bomb you with happy birthday wishes. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to opening up Facebook to see all the well-wishes on my big day! I also look forward to opening the mailbox, where a card or two from old-fashioned folks always arrives.
Then there becomes the time when people “stop celebrating” birthdays all together. My grandmother says she simply doesn’t have them anymore, although we still gather as a family and shower her with gifts. I think she has come to concede that we can make a big deal out of her as long as she doesn’t turn any older, therefore she is eternally 29.
How do you celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of your friends and family?