Wednesday, September 17, 2008
happy birthday to me....
I'm finally going to participate in Mama Kat's Writers Workshop (Thursday). I'm excited!
I chose topic #2 Describe a childhood birthday.
For my 5th birthday instead of (although my mom denies this) a birthday party like my older sister had and my younger sister would have later, I spent the night at a girls' house (she couldn't stay at my house because her mom and my dad went to school together and her mom claims my dad pinched her boob once. My dad wouldn't touch her mom - trust me!). That's all. No petting zoo like Wild Child got. No Amigos class birthday party like Drama Queen got. Nope, that's all.
Skip ahead to my 19th birthday (that's right...14 years later, my friends). I'm at college of course, and I wasn't expecting anything for my birthday. I come home late one night from Big A's dorm room and what do I find?? My friends had decorated my entire room for me! It wasn't a party, by any means, but no one had ever done anything for my birthday (no matter how many times my mom denies I had a birthday party...where's the proof, Mom? No pictures and you don't even remember what we did)! I felt so special. I wish I had the pictures to show you because there was a banner and balloons and 19 signs everywhere. It wasn't a Super Sweet Sixteen or anything but it made me the happiest girl.
AGAIN skip ahead to my 21st birthday. No, I did not hire a party bus to take me and my friends to bars to get smashed. Mind you, I was pregnant and I don't drink - so that really wouldn't have been much fun. I was going to hang out with my very best friend, Mrs. Spiderlegs - then Miss Washer. As I walk in the door....
She threw me a surprise party! *sigh* How sweet was that? And I was completely oblivious (because that's how I am). Most of my friends were there, there were cards, and cake. I doubt I'll ever have a surprise bday party again BUT even if I do, I don't know that anyone could top this one. It wasn't expensive or elaborate, but it was fun and spontaneous and thoughtful.
Birthdays don't always get recognized as they should with a celebration (sometimes it's a few gifts and my favorite movie), but once in awhile very thoughtful people just blow your mind with a good surprise.