1. As you get older, are you jazzed about your birthday? Not so much—I don’t dread it, but it’s kind of just another day. However—I was THRILLED to turn 50 earlier this year! I was in a really good place emotionally and mentally to hit that marker—and I still feel that way. So far 50 has treated me really well!
2. Do people usually remember your birthday? My family does—and at work we make a big deal out of each other’s birthdays.
3. An ex-coworker used to begin 3 mos. before her birthday flat-out reminding us that it was coming up. It’s amazing what no self-esteem does for you. Anyway, do you know anyone who pre-announces their birthdays? Nope.
4. What was your best birthday? Why? I don’t even have to think about this one. Best birthday I ever had was my 22nd. I’d graduated from college a few weeks before, and my five best college friends all came to my parents’ house for the weekend (one of them told me she couldn’t come and then showed up as a surprise). We all spent the weekend together doing dumb, fun stuff like playing ping pong and croquette, going to the lake, and watching terrible movies. Then the day after they all left I went on an interview and was offered my first teaching job–and started a whole new life chapter. I still smile when I remember that weekend.
5. What was your worst birthday? Why? I can’t remember any horrible birthdays, but I was not excited at all to turn 30. I was still in the phase of what I “should” be doing with my life then, and I didn’t think I was where I was supposed to be at 30. Turning 40 and 50 were a breeze compared to that birthday!
6. Name your best birthday gift. I remember getting a 2-wheeled bike for my 6th birthday and bursting into tears because I was so happy. It was blue with streamers on the handle bars. We didn’t wear bike helmets in those days, but I survived!
7. Name the best birthday gift you’ve gotten for someone else. I am honestly coming up blank here–let’s move on!
8. As I age, I value SLEEP as a priceless commodity. I didn’t get any for my birthday, however. What do you want this year for your birthday? I really don’t need any more material stuff. I’d like “sappy” stuff like continued good health and continued years with my parents. But if you insist on getting me a tangible gift–I’ll never say no to chocolate!