One of the coolest things about becoming an author is that I now get to celebrate book birthdays, too. Which reminds me that I should give a shout out to the January Heartwarming authors - Cynthia, Amie, Kate, and Pam! Happy belated book birthday, ladies :)
To be totally honest, I simply love birthdays. I don't know about you, but I can't think of anything better than gathering with people you love, eating cake, and opening presents. I probably love throwing birthday parties just as much as I love being thrown one.
I am in the midst of planning my mother-in-law's 80th birthday party. I think she deserves a huge bash to celebrate the fact that she's hit this milestone. She was married for over 40 years, brought 8 children into this world, and has 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Her life has been full of ups and downs, but I hope that a party will remind her of all the good she has done in this life of hers.
Birthdays bring back some fantastic memories. I'll never forget the one when I was 12 and my parents set up a huge scavenger hunt at the local mall for me and my friends. They enlisted the help of several people who worked in various stores to provide us with clues to get from place to place, ending in the food court where there was cake (of course!)
One of the best parties I've thrown was my son's third birthday, which included a visit from Spider-Man himself. Okay, so it might have been my brother dressed up as the web-slinger, but it was one of my son's favorite birthdays ever. We still talk about how his three-year-old self believed that Spider-Man had flown over the fence by shooting his web at the neighboring houses when he left. He knows that's not what happened but still sees it that way in his memories!
|My niece, on the other hand,|
was in love with Spider-Man!
|Here's Jake giving Spidey a high five, but check |
out the neighbor girl in the back, scared to death!
We had a couple kids a bit freaked out by our masked guest!
This year, we're going low-key for my birthday. I am excited that I have the day off work (Happy birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!) and plan to relax with my family. Maybe I'll take in a movie with my girlfriends and let them treat me to dinner. My dad has already promised to buy me a cake (he knows me so well). I'm definitely going to enjoy the fact that I have another year under my belt and another one waiting for me to do something amazing.
Do you have a favorite birthday? What was the best party you've ever thrown or been thrown? I can't wait to hear because nothing makes me happier than a good birthday!!