So this is me on my 68th birthday! Happy Birthday to Me!
I am very fortunate to know a lot of people who care about me. So much so that I don't seem to celebrate just one day as my birthday but several! Throughout the week I've already gotten birthday wish phone calls and cards and the day before my birthday Joy came over to celebrate me with a special lunch and sparkly card and cookies (!!!) and a gift! Wow!
And now, here it is, the actual day. Funny, I don't feel any older than I did yesterday and yet, it seems that I am an entire year older today. 68!!! How on earth did that happen. I cannot believe how freakin' old I am. The time has flown by (as every older person has told me my entire life would happen) But it's been 68 great years and therefore, I have no reason to believe that my 68th will be any less awesome than the first 67. Woohoo!
Still, it is my birthday and as tradition holds, today's post will be of the Birthday Rules. I believe strongly in the Birthday Rules. Always Have and Always Will. So while I go do whatever I choose to do to celebrate my birthday, I will leave you with a list of the Birthday Rules just in case you are unfamiliar with them. Everyone have a wonderful day please, birthday or not!
1. Number one and most important on this hit parade: It's all about the birthday person. It really is. No exceptions. If it's your birthday, everything that day is about you. Period.
2. Of course, to be absolutely fair, I am not a person who really likes being the center of a big crowd of people. But a small, comfortable, familiar crowd is fine. In fact it's awesome. A small group of people that I really care about it absolutely perfect. If that group consists of me and one other person, sometimes that is the best group of all.
3. And there should be at least one treat that a person rarely has, like cake. Or ice cream. Or cake AND ice cream. And for heaven's sakes, if a person is going to indulge, it should be the good stuff. The real deal. No fake, crappy substitutes. And speaking as a person with Lactose Intolerance, if I'm going to suffer later, I want the suffering to be worthwhile, which means the ice cream must be primo.
4. There should be a few cards, some of them should have sparkles, some flowers, some funny, some touching or maybe thought provoking. I like cards. I set them up on top of the big display cabinet in the living room and admire them for far too long afterwards.
5. There should be some sort of contact from people far away, whether it's phone calls or emails or texts or facebook posts or telepathic thoughts, heaps of good wishes from folks far away makes a birthday extra special. To think that all of those people bothered to take the time to acknowledge your existence on your birthday shows that you matter in this life. That's important.
6. There should be no chores on your birthday. Not one single solitary gotta-do should be done by the birthday celebrant. Those things can either wait a day to be done, or someone else needs to do them. I'm immovable on this fact.
7. The birthday person gets to choose what or where to eat for dinner. And no matter what they choose, that's what dinner is. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It is the ONE day of the entire year where nobody else's likes/dislikes/or personal opinion should take precedence regarding food.
8. It should be a happy day. Only positive comments and thoughts please. It should be a day of smiles and laughter. If there is something negative or sad that needs to be said, keep it to yourself for one more day. Not even boredom is allowed.
That's it. Those are the Birthday Rules and I stand by them. And then on Sunday, when it's Tim's birthday, we will do it all over again for him :)
Have a great weekend Y'all. Hugs all 'round
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.