Birthday’s are a funny thing. We celebrate that we’ve made it another year. I suppose at one time, making it another year was something spectacular. However, today... well with COVID and its new mutated children it might be something spectacular, but generally speaking it’s not all that spectacular to make it another year. It’s not like we have thousands dying of smallpox, dysentery, typhoid, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, etc. anymore. Modern medicine and water treatment helped with those aforementioned diseases.
We sometimes will celebrate my birthday. We always celebrate the kid’s birthdays. My husband doesn’t want to celebrate his, so we don’t. As for the grandparents, we do a small celebration, but nothing over the top.
See... Christmas is Dec. 25, my wedding anniversary is Jan. 10 and my birthday is Jan. 14; no one really has any type of funds to do much of a celebration, considering the time of year. My husband and I usually will use one of our gift cards from Christmas to go out to eat to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. Therefore, we’re not spending money we don’t have, and we get an evening out alone. This year is certainly different, but it’s not like we can’t go pick up food and bring it back home, but our kids are home and part of the appeal is us being alone to have a meal together. Although, one of my memorable [relatively recent] birthdays... my 37th [7 years ago]. The previous year was horrible [long story] and I decided to make my 37th better on my own. My kids and I went roller skating. We were the only people there. The weather was terrible, and we went at the early open skate (5 pm), which is generally when most people are eating dinner. They played all the music we wanted. I got in for free, because it was my birthday, and we had a lot of fun. I’d love to do that again this year, but COVID.
It seems like [at least in my family] that the birthday celebration is dependent on time of year. It’s a bit easier to celebrate my kid’s birthdays theirs are in the summer; my husband’s is Sept. 21, so it’s usually still pretty warm, but again he isn’t interested in celebrating his birthday [even though his mother usually insists on us coming over for dinner and cake]. I’ve always envied my friends that had summer birthdays. My husband keeps telling me that I should “move my birthday” to a date that I find suitable. Meh... I will just do things that I want to do in the summer without any excuse. The kids and I have Cedar Point Gold passes, which is good from mid-May through end of October. I’m sure we will have lots of fun.
Do you celebrate your birthday? If so, how do you celebrate? Any particular extra memorable birthday you would like to share?