This past Wednesday was my birthday, and for some reason, this day has become more important to me than any other holiday. While Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Halloween are awesome, Feb. 19th still takes the cake. (Yes, that pun was intended.) In fact, it even still beats Hannukah!
To my credit though, I do not feel this way just about my own birthday. I love other people’s birthdays too! I think this is partially because when I was growing up, my parents made birthdays fabulous.
As a child, my birthday started after Mom and Dad woke up the rest of my siblings and brought them into my bedroom. Then, the family would gather round and wake me up by singing “Happy Birthday”. This part was so fun that as I got older and began to wake up before everybody else, I would still stay in bed, pretending to be asleep just so that I would get my song! Finally, my parents presented me with all of my gifts and marched the family downstairs for a special breakfast, usually pancakes or yummy challah french toast. That evening, we’d go out to my restaurant of choice, bringing along one or two friends to join the family for the meal and dessert at home.
“Being an adult” now, I still cherish these memories, and keep extremely high expectations about my birthday. But, one of the things I’ve realized is that while my birthday is a celebration for me, it is also a beautiful moment to reflect on all of the amazing people I have in my life who support and love me.
My sisters and parents, who all live over two hours away, and my brother, who has a sucky train ride out to the boonies of Massachusetts, all made an effort to come see me this past weekend to spend some quality family time together. Tyler not only took me out to dinner, but surprised me with some wonderfully thoughtful gifts, and I received numerous phone calls and texts messages from many of my friends and family. My students sang to me in the middle of the school’s gymnasium, if you can imagine that, and my best friend, Meg, sent me beautiful flowers.
To all of those people, I say, “Thank you.” I feel incredibly blessed to have you in my lives, and hope that I can return the favor when your day comes. xxx