So my birthday was Sunday and now I am a year older. I am in my late 30's and so much has happened in my life. This last year has been a complete roller coaster. Though I have figured out that each year I worry less about the number my birthday brings.
I am more happy with spending time with my family. For the last 3 years I have used my birthday weekend to go with my daughter and my parents to Uncle John's Cider Mill. I am in Michigan in case you didn't know and it is a very popular place during the fall. They have a pumpkin patch and make their own cider and donuts. When we get there we take the ride to the patch to get started.
We stroll through looking for the perfect pumpkins, then we load them in the car and head into the mill and get cider and donuts. We pick out a table and eat and drink for a moment. Before we go we hit the gift shop to see what new stuff they have that year. It is a small trip but one I enjoy. Why do I enjoy such a simple birthday? Because it is with people I care so much about.
Sure I could have a huge party and invite a ton of people, but would it mean as much? Would it create the great family memories that I now have. Not at all. My daughter will soon be grown herself and the childhood memories will be just that, memories. She will have things of her own to do and ultimately have less time for these types of things. I want to do things that make me happy. Having my little quiet birthday does just that. One year older and another year of joy.