Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Most Memorable Birthday

Last night's Birthday Blogathon was a whole lot of fun and big success!

I never shared my Most Memorable Birthday like some of you did and I don't really have any particular birthday memory, but I did want to share a little bit on some thoughts I have about birthday celebrations.

I was born on June 30, 1987. I believe it was a Tuesday but my memory is a little fuzzy. The thing about my birthday is it's proximity to a certain national holiday. It is only four short days away from the Fourth of July.

As a kid this meant that my birthday celebrations were often paired up with an outdoor cookout and a heavy arsenal of fireworks.

I do not like fireworks.

It's not clear whether my dislike of fireworks came before or after my parents decided that a big fireworks display is just what my birthday party needed. But to this day, fireworks just aren't my thing. I try to avoid them as much as possible which is a big challenge headed into this July 4th weekend.

At some point in recent history, I finally realized that I didn't have to put up with anything I didn't want when it came to the celebration of my birth. I don't know why I never really grasped this before.

Why didn't anyone just tell me that, for at least one day a year, I could choose exactly what I felt like doing?

It was a simple concept but a pivotal moment. That year forward, my birthdays have been celebrated indoors, in restaurants and cafes that I wanted to go to, with people that I wanted to invite, and without a single firecracker or sparkler in sight.

Last night was no exception. I celebrated with some of my best friends here in Enid at one of my favorite coffee shops, enjoying some excellent coffee and desserts, dinner at one of my favorite late-night restaurants, and a midnight release at the movie theater. I'm so thankful, not just for the opportunity to enjoy my birthday exactly how I want, but to celebrate it with a great company of friends who enjoy many of the same things I do.

And no fireworks.

It just might go down as one of the Most Memorable Birthdays to date.


If you'd like to read some other thoughts on birthdays, check out the following blogs that participated in the Birthday Blogathon.

KatieJoye: The Most Memorable Birthday: Wasn't Even Mine

Leslee B: Blogathon Revisited

Sherry R: Birthday Thoughts


Anonymous said...

:) hashtag

Leslee said...

I hate Valentines day almost as bad as you hate fireworks. For simular reasons.