|Day 358: Do you make a big deal out of your own birthday? Other people's?
||[Jun. 21st, 2012|03:38 pm]
I don't make a big deal about my birthday. It kind of makes me uncomfortable to. Not sure when that started. I can vaguely remember having parties for my birthday as a little kid. But somewhere between then and now it became very apparently within my family that parties were not appropriate any more, that they were only for kids. Now, birthdays just mean an obligatory eating out with the family that is over as quick as possible. There is no focus on whoever's birthday it is.
Still, my family is close enough that we try to all get together. :-/
It's just one more thing that I would like to change. I do not think it's right to treat special days in such a blase way. Thankfully, I have a wonderful girlfriend that helps a great deal with that. For instance, this year she and her family (her parents and kids) helped me celebrate my birthday with a fun little party. Opening presents was more of a production, emphasizing the thought behind gifts, there was a personalized dessert, and a fabulous dinner together. And then Amber and I went on a short trip together including some time in a cabin. :-)
It was all around delightful.
Oh, and I've always been one to make other people's birthdays a big deal. Any excuse to show somebody how much they mean to me is great.