I read recently that it’s important to celebrate birthdays because it marks our beginning. I can remember, as a kid, looking forward to supper on my birthday because I knew that cake was imminent. It should be a joyous day, and I can’t think of any good excuse for not knowing the birthdays of those you love and care about. That’s what calendars and sticky note reminders are for.
I realize that some of the origins of the ways we celebrate birthdays are pagan, but so what? Some have cake and ice-cream, some prefer pie, some probably prefer something completely different, but it’s just one day and it should include something special. I remember turning 16, not because of the driver’s license, but because I received 16 blue carnations. I also remember a blue and purple round two-layer birthday cake, although I don’t remember how old I was. It was special because the cake was store-bought and frosted in my favorite colors!
You are never too old to celebrate your birthday, even if it has to be alone. Get a cake with loads of frosting, your favorite ice-cream, have your favorite meal and count the blessings of the years you have lived, and those you have yet to live.