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Why I Love Birthdays

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. (Audrey Hepburn)

Anyone who knows me well knows that I really love birthdays. And not just my own (though that one I love the most), but everyone’s! I love making people feel special, reminding them of how important they are to me, and how thankful I am that they were born. I know, so sentimental.

I also really love throwing parties. So it often works out that these two loves coincide. Also I am an avid believer in “Birthday Weeks.” Because seldom do you get the chance to celebrate with everyone you’d wish to in just one day. And one day is so easily forgotten, but a whole week is sure to make one feel truly loved.

From the thoughtful birthday cards, to the indulgent sweets, and everything in between! The past couple of years I have planned my own birthday party, because I wanted it done right. (Don’t you call me a control freak.) But the important thing is, I got to see all of my friends from all different walks of life, and we celebrated!

On the flip side of that, every year there comes a moment when I find myself disappointed when I don’t receive the reciprocated affection. I am sure that sounds cynical, since it seems that few people understand my weird delight with birthdays anyways, but it’s true.  Also, I have discovered that I have very little patience for friends who “flake out” on birthday parties.

Now this year is a big one for me. AKA: Twenty-five. A quarter of a century. It’s-All-Downhill-From-Here. Only five years away from thirty. Or whatever you want to call it. But I’m a little freaked out about it. All I want is to share an adventure with the people I love most. I’m going to try my best to “butt-out,” and keep quite. I have already told everyone I know that my birthday is in a month, not to mention this ridiculous post here. So if they forget, they forget. (I’ll just go into a momentary state of depression. No need to worry.)

So to all of my readers out there, Happy Birthday. You are important. Your life matter. And I believe God had a purpose for bringing you into this world! I hope you feel loved.


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