Today's the big day - yep, it's my birthday! If you haven't already guessed, I'm a fanatic about my birthday and birthdays in general. I've given it considerable thought this morning, wondering why my birthday is so important to me, and I realize there are many reasons.
We didn't have a lot, but Mom always made each of her three children always feel special and loved - especially on their birthday!
My parents were both from Tennessee and moved here to Ohio, so all of my extended family were far away. We would always have a special birthday dinner, and as we got older, we were always allowed to choose what we wanted for dinner and what kind of cake we wanted.
I remember my birthdays as being joyous occasions, and I carred those traditions on to our sons and my hubby, because their birthdays are special to me too. After all, it's really quite a miracle that we come into this world.
I received a birthday postcard from my dentist's office, and I really like the message it contained: "Birthdays are special occasions. As children, we look forward to a birthday with anticipation and excitement. As adults, a birthday often is a time for reflection and renewal." That's how I look at my birthday. January 1st isn't the real New Year for me - my birthday is the New Year.
|Photo by Keith Thompson|
My birthday is a time of reflection and looking forward, and I always take time to remember my dear friends and loved ones whose young lives were cut short by illness - many of them not making it to my age. I think of them often and miss them dearly. Every day is truly a blessing, and when my birthday comes around, I make a mental note of gratitude that I am still here and able to enjoy the opportunity of each new day.
So.....that's part of why I'm such a birthday fanatic. Life is short, my dear friends. Get out there and "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"
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SPECIAL NOTE: A big thank you to my hubby, Keith, for making this one of the best birthdays ever! I especially like the goofy, "Happy Birthday Princess" video that he posted to my Facebook page and that I included in today's music list. Love you, Babe!