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March 1st, 2010 | 12 Comments »

Yes, it’s that time of year again.

I used to really dislike my birthday, take the day off work or school, not tell anyone and simply just let the day pass, maybe taking the phone calls from my parents or siblings but that’s it. I never enjoyed it or wanted to celebrate. Somewhere along the way, thankfully, that shifted. And now I love to celebrate my birthday.

I doubt that it has much to do with that increase in age, the point where you can look around you and see others in your age bracket that have left this life, although that can be awfully sobering. Death is capricious at best, a random event that is out of our control. We can take steps to push it ahead of us, to keep moving and living life while we’ve got it by the reins, but when it comes to us, we are usually powerless to stop it. I’m not grabbing my birthdays with two hands in an effort to stave off the inevitable. I guess I just realized that there was no use attempting to avoid March 1st. It will arrive whether I want it to or not, and it will never be that my birthday isn’t happening. So I accept and embrace.

And even rejoice in it.

Last year I threw a huge party and it was mayhem, chaos and beauty. It exhausted me, inspired me and lifted me up. I loved every minute of the noise and crowd in my house, the people who came to help me celebrate and all the hugs and love that came my way. It was glorious. This year, however, there will just be a quiet celebration with my guys. I did ask for one thing though.

Because there just can’t be a birthday without cake. Chocolate cake. The Teen, hopefully, will be able to pull it together before we head out for a celebratory dinner at Brasa Minneapolis Monday night. That and a scoop of mint chip ice cream on the side and I’ll happily tell everyone that it was the best birthday ever. Because it is. Right now I feel like I am in the midst of some astonishing happenings in my life- people are coming out of nowhere and entering in to life with me, and I’m thrilled that they can show me more discoveries, more ideas, brighter outlooks, infinite joy, laughter and limitless potential. I came into 2010 thinking that it was going to be different, that something tremendous and wonderful was going to happen and it hasn’t disappointed. It’s definitely a cause for celebration. My friends, old and new, I thank you for being here with me, celebrating life and enjoying every moment.

So, will you raise a glass with me?

12 Responses to “celebrating”

  1. Doniree says:

    Happy birthday, dear friend! :) And this is me raising my glass:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doniree/4403312196/

  2. lo says:

    Just a bit late to the party — but I TOTALLY raise my glass to you! Here’s to the best year yet… and many more to follow!!

    Love that cake!!

  3. Chris says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope it is a great one.

  4. Katie says:

    Happy Birthday! :)

  5. katessisterkris says:

    I will now perform my yearly rendition of Whitney Houston singing:
    “IIIIIIIIII willlll alwaaaaayys love yooooooooouuu!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Thank you! Now, back to your regularly scheduled birthday celebration…….

    Hippo Birdies Deer Sister!!!!!

    Krissykins

  6. Suzie says:

    Happy birthday Kate. Hope that it was the best birthday ever for you, and the chocolate cake and ice cream were splendid.

  7. astrid says:

    Happy Birthday my friend!
    Hope you have a great day with all your loved ones! *hugs*

  8. kat says:

    Cheers! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  9. Crystal says:

    Absolutely! I just raised my glass of water :) Happy birthday and I’m glad you are so joyous about it. You are worth it!

  10. Unplanned Cooking says:

    Happy birthday, Kate! I will raise a glass for you. Will a cup of coffee do? Have a great time at Brasa!

  11. Chris Kent says:

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you have a wonderful celebration planned and a great way to look at your birthday — celebrating life with friends and family, and not just looking at your birthday as the day when you add one to your age. Enjoy your day!

  12. Happy Birthday, Kate! I love my birthday. I celebrate for a fortnight. I think that everyone in the world should KNOW that it’s MY day.

    Today, however, is YOURS. Enjoy.