You say it’s your birthday …

This is how old I feel today (that's me in about grade 4); an emjayandthem photo

and it is! It’s my birthday today! Whee!

And, at 48, I still love birthdays.  Mine & everyone else’s!

I know, I know. It seems childish but .. isn’t that the best part?

Last night, our youngest boy asked, “So Mom, when you’re older, do you still get excited about birthdays?” And I thought for a second, laughed and replied, “Of course!”   He countered with “Yeah that phone’s gonna ring all night long!”

And is that a bad thing?

I think not.

We went on to speculate how sad it would be to be all alone, to have no one who remembered, or cared enough to say so. The look on his face told me he couldn’t agree more.

Growing up, birthdays were a time to gather the family, have a wienie roast, a handful of chips, maybe a pop, and a big slab of home-made cake with iced cream on top.  Having a summer birthday meant a party near the end of school (we didn’t finish up until around now at my Canadian school).  It meant longer days and nice weather and Grandma and Grandpa visiting, he in a buttoned down shirt and she in a pretty pantsuit and jewelry. It meant Aunts and Uncles, cousins and friends and a $5 spot in a card. It meant three legged races, running through the sprinkler and opening presents wrapped in tissue paper.

You say it’s your birthday … and it is. 🙂

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40 thoughts on “You say it’s your birthday …

  1. Happy Birthday, MJ! I hope you have an amazing day!


  2. Happy, Happy Birthday, MJ. (lots of great folks born in June – including you & my son!).
    Loved reading your memories about your birthdays as a child.

    • Thank you, Dianna. We had simple but fun (family) birthdays when I was a kid … but I clearly remember my Grandmother “dressing up” in a pretty pantsuit and bringing out the jewelry. They would dote on us kids and our Aunts & Uncles would stop in, too. I just thought that was normal for everyone to have a big family who fussed over them and made their day special. I’ve learned that’s not the case for all .. and I treasure them all the more for it. Cheers! MJ

  3. Happy Birthday, my friend. Enjoy every momemt. Heck yes…why not????

  4. Wishing you a very happy birthday, my friend! Enjoy!

    • Thanks, Ter and glad your party turned out so well .. whew!! 🙂 MJ

      PS scroll through your comments & you’ll find I’ve awarded you the Versatile Blogger award … Cheers!

  5. Happy Birthday!

  6. Happy b’day to you. Have an awesome day and add to your treasure chest of memories. Have fun !!!

  7. Have a great day. Do you really get just as excited for your birthday as when you were a kid or were you saying that to be nice to your son? I’m having an increasingly hard time getting excited for something I’ve done dozens of times.

  8. Happy Day, my friend. Party on!

    • Thank you; I’m having fun with it. Have a PM road trip planned and then more fun and frivolity as the day unfolds … Cheers, MJ

  9. Happy birthday, MJ!!! 🙂

  10. cooper

    how kewl to have a birthday on the first day of summer…a double celebration guaranteed!!! Hope it’s all you want it to be….cute school pic, btw…

    • Indeed!! As the hubbs would say (groaning) … “the longest d*mn day of the year … ” HA!! I dug out that photo and laughed that I still make that face, funny. Thanks Coop 🙂 MJ

  11. Very Happy Birthday, MJ! How can you have a knowing-wry smile at 10? 🙂

    • Thank you, Steve … I dunno .. I do look a little like the cat that swallowed the canary, don’t I? ha!! Cheers .. MJ

  12. Happy birthday, MJ! Hope you have/had a great day. Take care. :0)

  13. Many happy returns MJ, hope your day is special! With your attitude, I’m pretty sure it will be 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday, MJ! My youngest – Charlie – is celebrating his 5th birthday today, too.
    May your day be full of childlike fun and smiles. I am all for celebrating each and every birthday … sure beats the alternative, don’t you think? 🙂

    • Happy birthday to Charlie :). My day has been lots of fun, filled with gifts, surprises, a treat for lunch, time with friends and now .. supper with my boys .. yay!! And yes – as my mom always says, “Any birthday beats the alternative!” Cheers MJ

  15. Happy Birthday and Summer Solstice with all your guys and Paul McCartney!

  16. Aww, look at that young beauty!!! Happy Birthday! Enjoy it to the fullest…I know you will!

    • Thank you Caroline .. it was a happy fun day topped off by supper with my 2 handsome boys & grand babes (Hubbs had to travel today – boo!) .. but they spoiled me and now it’s time … for cake … Cheers! 🙂 MJ

  17. Happy Birthday! I hope it is your best year ever.

  18. Wishing you another 365 days of pure bliss and new adventures!

  19. Hey, a very belated happy birthday! Sorry I missed posting this on the day…been consumed with work/travel the past several days, but catching up now.

    Here’s to a great year! And hey, you’re not even 50 yet. Enjoy the 40s while you can!


    • Thank you so much; It was a really fun day filled with many unexpected surprises – the best part was finishing the day with my 2 beautiful boys & grand-babies. Hubbs was travelling and DIL was working .. I had them all to myself – glorious! Cheers, MJ

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