Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday Blues




When I was little I used to get excited when my birthday rolled around, but now that I am grown, not so much.  All it means is another candle on the cake, which has become a virtual fire hazard and another year added to my number.  I wonder how soon before I reach the crone stage?

I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when no amount of gifts, parties or cakes makes a birthday an event to look forward to.  My mother never had birthdays. Well, let me rephrase that.  She had a day on which she entered this world.  She just didn’t celebrate it every year.  She forfeited any presents and parties for the ability to just let that day go by without adding a another year to her age.  As a result, when she died, she was only 39 even though I was 40 at the time.

Since my Mom didn’t have birthdays, then it goes without saying that Dad couldn’t either.  You see, if he celebrated a Birthday every year, there would come a time when Mom couldn’t deny the fact that if the years were piling up on him, then they were also landing somewhere in her vicinity as well.  So if she didn’t have birthdays, then neither could he.  You know the marriage vows…through sickness, health, and lying about your age.  To this day I don't know the exact date of either of my parent's birthdays!

Today is my birthday. I was born on September 29, and although I am not Jewish, I arrived unexpectedly on Yom Kippur, a major Jewish Holiday.  The obstetrician, who was Jewish couldn’t be located until I had already made an appearance.  Personally I think mom should have got a little discount, don’t you? 

13 comments:

maddyrose said...

I don't have birthdays either and have been 24 for most of my life. I was 13 for many years before I turned 24. I never tell anyone how old I am, not even my kids or grands know for sure. My grands and I are near the same age as the youngest is now 20. Happy birthday young lady. Big hugs for this special day.

Lee Pierce said...

Happy day! Hope it's a good one - the cake looks yummy :D
I remember wishing the years would pass quickly so I could be "of age" and finally do what I want! ;^)

craftattack said...

Some people really never seem to grow old. Wish I could say the same from me! Here's wishing you a very happy birthday, with as many candles as you need or want! Valerie

De la Renaissance said...

Happy Birthday Crystal!!! Wishing you a FANTASTIC day along with many many more!

All in my family do celebrate our birthdays and try to make it special for the birthday person...as far as age...they say you are as young as you feel, and I feel like I'm in my early 30's. :0) And when asked my age I do the exact opposite and ask "Don't I look really good for 100?" ;0) That usually stops them from asking any further. :0)

Judy Adamson said...

Happy Birthday, Crystal :)

I really like birthdays, especially other people's because it's when we remember how much poorer our lives would have been had that person not been born!

As for myself, I firmly believe that life begins at 50 . . . or 60 . . .

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Birthday Crystal! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I truly think the best of times is right now, whatever age we are. Remind me of this in 3 days when it is MY birthday, ok?

Heather said...

A HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope you had a great day!!!! HUGS!

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy Birthday Crystal!!! Celebrate, have fun! Discount?? LOL! Big Hugs!!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Happy birthday Crystal, hope you have a wonderful day!

I don't celebrate birthdays although my husband likes to remind me :(

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Happy birthday Crystal! **throwing cyber confetti that doesn´t need to be swept**

Christine said...

Happy Birthday, love that slice of cake!

Cowgirl Red said...

I like you mother's style! Happy Day, Crystal.

Terah

Jehanne's doodles said...

Happy belated Birthday Crystal.
Your story of your mum reminds me of mine but with clothing sizes, don't like the number, just snip it out :)

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