This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Jenna Da Sie says:
My birthday was a couple of days ago. What do you do to celebrate your birthday and do you have one particular birthday that stands out above the rest?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
We don’t celebrate birthdays in any huge way – not every year at least. There’s always a family dinner, although it often isn’t on the right day. It’s easier to get together on weekends, so we tend to celebrate the Sunday before or after. We don’t even always have cake. I remember one birthday where my son, who isn’t a big sweets eater, asked for a donuts, so that was his birthday treat. And if we do have a cake, it is often an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.
We do celebrate milestone birthdays with a bit more pizzazz. For our children’s sixteenth birthdays, my husband made each of them a collage of photos, and the presents were a little more substantial. But we weren’t even in the country when our oldest daughter turned 25 or son turned 21, so that isn’t a rule. It is my mom’s 75th this year, so we should probably do something extra special this year – although when my dad turned 75 they were snowbirding it in the United States, so we didn’t see him on that day.
For myself, I do have one amazing birthday story. Again – it wasn’t even on my actual birthday. Mr. C and I had often talked about going to see Billy Joel play at Madison Square Gardens, especially after he started doing his residency there. About a month before my 50th birthday, we went out on a date night, and Mr. C handed me an envelope. Inside was a photo of Billy Joel and a copy of two tickets to his November 2017 concert. I have to admit, I might have cried a little. It was so unexpected and so special – partly because it was something we both wanted to do. It’s quite an expense to travel from Northern BC to New York City, so this was no ordinary gift. The trip was awesome – the concert defied all expectations, and then we also saw “Come From Away” on Broadway, which was a true delight. All in all, it was the best birthday gift – yet. 😊
What about you? Do you go whole hog for birthdays? Or do you celebrate quietly? I’d love to hear a story about your best birthday in the comments. Then be sure to head over to Jenna Da Sie and find out what she does for birthdays!