Friday Five

At least this is more often than previous blogging frequencies, right?

Nov. 12 (same day? whoa!): Birthdays

  1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake? I used to make “normal” wishes for actual stuff. Now, I tend to make wishes for happiness and good things and generic stuff like that.
  2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes? See, that’s why I make the generic ones now. Then the answer is always yes.
  3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g. love the attention, just another day, don’t want anyone to know my real age, etc.) I’m too young to start pretending to be young. I do enjoy the attention, though. It’s nice, okay?
  4. Tell us a favorite gift you’ve received, or something you’d really like for your next birthday. I really loved the apron my housemates made for me last year. It was special, thoughtful, and something I was reluctant to get for myself. Perfect.
  5. What flavor cake? Marble with chocolate frosting. This is the first year I didn’t have one since I was 15.


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I’m 53. If my wife says ‘Happy Birthday’ before we get out of bed that’s plenty. I don’t even care if my kids remember or not. I suppose at my age there are so many more substantial ways that people show they love me that the birthday thing is pretty thin gruel in comparison.

    I’m glad that your family shows you so much love all the other days of the year! That’s what I call a “good problem.” Those are problems like long lines for confession, or having a $100 bill. They seem bad at first, but then you realize it’s actually a good thing. In your case, less birthday attention seems like a “good problem.”

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