Birthdays

birthday_cakeToday is my birthday. As I get older, birthdays get kind of anticlimactic. You pass the big birthdays which become milestones of some sort, and you’re content to just hang out with your family and maybe some friends. It kind of becomes like Spring Break, it meant something to you once upon a time, but not so much anymore.

My kids all found some exciting presents for me at Five Below where everything is $5 or less. My wife took them there and told them to pick out presents for me. It’s funny how your genes seem to permeate into your children, because my boys picked out the kind of things that I would buy at a store like that when I was their age: a self-inflating whoopee cushion and a hand buzzer.

My oldest seems to celebrate things a lot. I’ve never seen someone so excited about Valentine’s Day before. Until recently, he treated it almost like a second Christmas. So, it doesn’t really matter whose birthday it is, he gets excited for it.

On this day, I am grateful for all that God has given me. I’ll celebrate that people still think that I’m a little younger than I really am. I’ll think about the opportunities that God has given me and the family that he has blessed me with.

On days like today, I miss my parents a lot. Mom was always good about calling and wishing me a happy birthday before anyone else. I am grateful that I had nearly 40 years of birthday phone calls from her.

Mom was good with calligraphy and once wrote out a verse for me to put out on my desk. It was Luke 1:14, “He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.” She always quoted that verse to me and never let me forget how much I meant to her.

On my birthday, I hope and pray that this verse would be true for me. I hope that I am a joy and delight to those who know me and I hope that many will rejoice because of this day, the day that I was born. I hope that I can bring something to everyone that I know, that they can say that they are glad that they know me, and that they feel like there are positive things that they have realized through knowing me.

It’s just another day and just another year, but I hope that when I look back in a year that I am different than I am today. Happy birthday to me!

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