B is for Birthdays

Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

The More We Have The Longer We Live
 At what age does the fun go out of birthdays - when we grow too old for games at parties, or when huge expense is required to fete an elaborate affair?  I grew up in a home where my mother made birthdays feel special without spending a large sum of money - there was always streamers and balloons, a few beautifully wrapped gifts, a wonderful homemade cake, and a small party or favorite meal. 

Many folks I know dread their birthdays and attempt to discount them as just another day. Sometimes when we are grown we forget that our birthdays are special, and all too often we forget that we are special too.  I choose to enjoy my birthdays to the fullest; I've celebrated sixty of them now!  I don't worry so much about counting candles, instead I rejoice in another year survived.
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  1. I am soooooo with you! EVERY birthday is a TRIUMPH!

  2. I totally agree with your position on birthdays. I find it hard when people dismiss theirs. No matter how old I am I am still me.

  3. I don't get people who either don't like their birthdays or are embarrassed when people sing to them or make a big deal over it. I love my birthday.

    And I love your birthday, for it is the magical day the gods brought you into this world so we could eventually meet. Can't think of a better reason to celebrate.

  4. I stopped making a deal of it at 21, but I do enjoy my cake.

  5. Many happy returns of the day to you! Yes, celebrate. Birthdays can be beautiful.

  6. I like having a birthday to celebrate. The older I get the more I appreciate another year lived.

  7. I celebrate my birthday MONTH! :) Birthdays should be celebrated! If for nothing else that we have been granted another year of life!!!

  8. I love birthdays! It's that persons special day and you are so right that it doesn't mean having to spend a lot of moolah in order to celebrate. Your mom had it right! Love the tome of your blog- upbeat and positive!
    See you tomorrow! xoxo

  9. I remember when I stopped celebrating at age20. I already finished college and was already working back then. The closest friends I have were already living their own lives, and I was only happiest with them, not with 'acquaintances', that's why I stopped celebrating. But after the 'storm' that hit our family, my sisters and I decided to make every day count - make every occasions merrier! ;o)

  10. What a lovely word for B Josie. As children we look forward to our Birthdays but when we grow up we dread the very same day that we were born for fear of turning a year older. I love Birthdays, It's one of the few days that a person is made to feel special, not to mention there is cake :D

  11. I think that when people dread their birthday, it comes from the cynical part of their mind. They are reminded of all the things they haven't done by this age instead of looking at the things they have done. The bucket list starts adding up, piling on itself until it's a mess of never ending wants and desires that the normal every day life of working and chores steal away. Hopefully, as time goes on, more and more people will realize the importance of embracing and celebrating their birthday. And, as it's been said earlier, not to mention there is cake!! :) Gotta love the cake!!


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