The Perfect Day for a Birthday

For the most part, I have stopped counting birthdays, or at least stopped putting any importance into them. Other people tend to note them though–as they did this week. I loved every minute of it, too.

When I was a kid though, I knew that I had the best birthday ever. It didn’t matter that my younger sister’s birthday was the day after mine or that we shared most of our parties.

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June 25 is exactly halfway to Christmas.

Back then, we got presents only on our birthdays and on Christmas. That was it. If we managed to earn money with odd jobs or good grades (oh, yes, Dad paid us for A’s), then we could spend our money however we wanted.

Twice a year, we got presents. It was a big deal to have to wait. There wasn’t this current trend of buying something here and there just because the toy was cute, small, and cheap. Face it, kids today have and get a lot more than we did in the 1970s and 1980s.

My wait was exactly the same on either side. I made the comment about having the best birth date ever to my girls, Mockingbird and Armadillo. My father-in-law laughed about it. “Who thinks about that kind of thing?”

I grinned at him. “I did as a kid! I had to wait exactly six months between celebrations. I always thought I was the luckiest kid in the world.”

Now, my expectations have changed. I don’t care about a pile of presents anymore–especially after we just bought a new dishwasher. Instead, I am filled up with the love that my family and friends pile on with phone calls and birthday comments on Facebook and handwritten birthday cards from the girls. I know that I am very blessed.


What about you? How long do you have to wait between your birthday and another celebrated-with-presents holiday? What do you most look forward to when it’s your birthday? Do you celebrate for days or ignore them completely?

8 comments on… “The Perfect Day for a Birthday”

  1. I am still unable to “like” posts on my lap top, so I will “like” it with a comment. My birthday is in August. It was always before school started, so never got to bring cupcakes to school and wear the birthday hat. LOL And I’m not wild about the peridot as a birthday stone. Lately, I seem to be under some sort of birthday curse. Broke my ankle, a/c went off twice on my birthday. Yeah, in August. I tend to brace for my birthday. LOL Belated happy birthday to you!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Pauline! Ah, the pesky summer birthday! It always made it hard to invite friends to parties. I hope your birthday this year is wonderful and eventful in good ways!

  2. First, a belated Happy Birthday, Diane. I hope it was filled with love and laughter. I have an August birthday, so… I like to spend time with my family. Have a meal together. Have an adventure.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thank you, Elen. 🙂 Family time and adventures are great ways to celebrate! I completely agree! Do you have an adventure already planned this year?

  3. When my kids would bring home those getting-to-know you sheets from elementary school, I had a standard answer for the holidays we celebrate: Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Veterans Day, Mom’s Birthday. Every year the kids ask what they can get me. Every year I say the same thing. “A clean house and well-behaved children.”

    It was good to only get presents twice a year. That’s how it was at our house, too. That’s what made them special. 🙂

    Happy Birthday!

    • Diana Beebe

      I love that! From now on that’s going to be my request, too. “A clean house and well-behaved children.” Pure genius! Thanks, Piper!

  4. Hello, Diana. I found your site by ‘accident’, following suggested tweeters after a morning of writing and smiled to see your blog title. Almost a mermaid . . . made me think you might like to read the first story of my THE MERMAID QUILT (on amazon at Happy birthday! I do hope it was the ‘best’ ever. And yes, I don’t care so much now about birthdays, but I love the gathering of family and friends — and birthday cake. Even if it’s just a cupcake! With a little candle. My next birthday is a decade-turner so I’m looking forward to it. Every year is a gift.

    • Diana Beebe

      Hi, Beth! I’m glad you found me. 🙂 Yes, the gatherings are the most important part. Best wishes on your next decade!

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