Monday, January 07, 2008
Happy Birthday, Cupcake!
Today my husband turns - well, in the interest of keeping him happy, I'll just say it's his b.day. (Here's a hint: he's less than 40 and more than 20.)
My family and our mutual friends and I always try to make a big deal because his friends and family usually either forget or don't do much. This year, his mom promised to come over with a present and then didn't show. His sister still hasn't mentioned his b.day. All of his friends have kids (e.g. chaos), which I suppose excuses them from remembering.
But it still makes me feel bad for him.
It is only since I have met my husband that I've realized that not everyone makes a big deal of birthdays like my family does. A friend once told me, "You're used to being spoiled on your birthday!"
I suppose so :)
But in my family, birthdays are a bigger deal than, say, Christmas, because they're personal. It's a day to be happy to be you! (I used to wonder when I was a kid: if it's supposed to be Jesus' birthday, why am I getting presents?)
This is not to say that we spend gobs of money - especially during the years when my dad wasn't making much money, he didn't (and couldn't) overdo it with presents. But he always made sure we felt special.
I think everyone deserves that.
Happy birthday, sweetheart!