When I was growing up, my birthday’s were some of my happiest memories. I remember my birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese the most, I think. I loved watching the little mice on stage. Every birthday growing up, my parents made it special for me in some way. Oftentimes, we would go out to eat or go do something fun on my birthday if it was on the weekend.

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Now that I have grown up my birthday still means a lot to me because of those memories. But, one thing has changed. Somehow I have stopped aging. By the power of my wonderful Aunt Sam. Every year since I turned 19, I get a “Happy 19th Birthday part ?” I told her when I was in college that I wasn’t going to get any older. And thanks to her I haven’t.

Something as simple as remembering one comment I made on one birthday brings me joy every time I get a card from her. It reminds me how much she loves me to just remember that one thing.

This year’s birthday was a little different, but the love I felt from family and friends was one of the best things I could have asked for amidst COVID-19. It has been a blessing to feel this loved. On my birthday this year, I got a phone call I did not expect. And throughout the afternoon I just felt joy from that phone call. I felt encouraged.

I say all this to say this: we may not always be with each other but there are so many ways to celebrate. There are so many ways to express your love to someone. You don’t have to buy them expensive gifts or take them to the fanciest restaurant. You just have to let them know you care.

So, Happy Birthday to all my wonderful friends, no matter what month it is. I love you and care for you. Don’t ever forget that.

(Now, just a note of clarification. This is a weight loss and health blog of course. So, I figure you want to know if I ate my cake. Instead of a cake this year, I opted for a cupcake. I enjoyed every bite very slowly. But, by having a cupcake I did not have left overs that I would have pigged out on all week. So, birthday win.)

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