Today I turned 32, but I feel like we’ve been celebrating over the course of three days. We had an incredibly decadent night out on the town with our friends on Saturday that started with the most amazing tapas, sangria and live music. Then we moved on to a quick stop at an Irish pub for spontaneous dancing with a stranger (how can you resist shaking your thing to Good Vibrations? I obviously can’t.) and ended with martinis and more appetizers at a table outside on Second street.
Sunday was mostly uneventful, but that night we feasted on our friend Stephan’s homemade gyros – which technically had nothing to do with my birthday but since I didn’t have to make them, I still consider them a gift.
And true to form, Tom has spoiled me today with flowers, gifts, more food (I’m really looking forward to the roasted veggie pizza and tzatziki tonight) and zero grief when he found me napping during the kid’s quiet time.
I know, hard life – right? Although – both my children have kept me grounded with tantrums and in Ella’s case, a pretty heated time-out session. Any promises to be extra-nice on mom’s birthday go out the window when your little sister TOUCHES YOUR APPLE.
And now for the interactive portion of this post – at this point in my life, I certainly love getting gifts, but I genuinely only want one thing on my birthday and that’s to spend time with the people I love. It wasn’t always that way though, so I’m curious – was there anything you desperately wanted as a kid that your parents refused to indulge you in? And as an adult, have you managed to fulfill the wish on your own?
Personally, I DESPERATELY wanted a horse as a kid, and there were several years there where I was genuinely disappointed that I didn’t get one. My mom once gave me a birthday card that had Snoopy on it and some joke regarding not getting the pony you wanted, but that was as close as I got. Obviously I did not fulfill the wish as an adult, but I still occasionally hold that fantasy – I could totally fit a horse in my backyard, right? Maybe next year.