Happy Birthday to Me?

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Today is my youngest child’s 19th birthday. She has always LOVED her birthday. She usually wants cake, gifts, decorations, friends, family, and a tiara. She loves presents. She loves parties. She has an app that counts down how many days until her next birthday, and she starts it the day after her last birthday. She truly enjoys celebrating her birthday and I love her spirit!

My older daughter likes a more low-key birthday celebration. However, she’s a near-Christmas baby, and we always worried that she would feel overshadowed by Christmas, so we compensated by having several parties for her each year. A family party. A neighborhood party. A friends party. Even though I think she would prefer a small gathering with her favorite food, people, and a few special gifts, she has always been a good sport about the razzle dazzle.

I can’t help but think that all this attention is misdirected. They didn’t do anything. I’m the one who gave birth! It’s really MY birthday! I should be getting the presents, Instagram stories, and cake! I know, I know, in our culture, Mother’s Day is when we celebrate the ones who gave birth. That doesn’t really make sense to me, though. I’m thinking a woman who gives birth to many children deserves many birthday celebrations. Three kids? Three birthdays for the mom!

So, in this spirit, happy birthday to me! I gave birth 19 years ago today, and now all of my kids are adults. Pass ME the frickin cake!

JK. I love my kids and want to celebrate them on their birthdays.

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed 🐾

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