Today is my wife’s birthday – I won’t tell her age. Let’s just say that we’ve spent a few birthdays together in the last 35 years. Birthdays sort of lose their excitement after too many years. Birthdays are lots of fun when you’re a kid – balloons and cupcakes! And then when you’re REALLY OLD and Willard Scott announces your name on T.V. they get exciting again – can you believe he or she is still alive? Deb and I are in-between the excitement. But that doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate in our own way.
Daughter and son-in-law have suggested dinner and cake but Deb’s a little ‘under the weather’ today so that may have to wait. Of course my gift to her won’t arrive until tomorrow – damn you UPS! So this birthday is going to register near the bottom of the GREATEST BIRTHDAYS EVER list. But still we will celebrate.
We’ll celebrate another year together. Another year of life. And look back on all the great times we’ve had and look forward to all the great times ahead. We have lots to celebrate – next weekend my best friend’s son is getting married; in 4 weeks my nephew is getting married; in 6 weeks our third grandchild is due; and in 3 months my niece is getting married. And in November our son Tyson will have 30 days of leave and will be home!
So even though today is not going to be “Birthday-palooza”, Debbie will have some cheer. Hopefully her aches and pain will give way to a moment or two of joy, even if the real celebration has to wait until a better day.
Happy Birthday Deb! I hope that I’m still somewhere in one of your wishes when you blow out the candles.