Birthday Contentment

My birthday is today. My family and I did not do anything particularly special today. I am completely fine with that. I really am. It feels good to be able to say that and mean it.
It was just another day. Don’t get me wrong – there were some fun non-typical elements. I got surprised by my wife and children when I walked in the door this morning. There were balloons, cards, and presents. I like presents. At one point, there was a trip to get ice cream. Tis a good thing. In the evening, we got together with friends of ours who we see infrequently. It was great to see them. So, while there were some nice happenings today, there was nothing extraordinary. And, I am fine with that. I had a nice day.
When I was younger, I remember coming down the stairs in my house the day after my birthday party. It was hands down the saddest day of my year. I would look around and see whatever decorations were left, some remnants of wrapping paper, and burned out candles and think to myself there are 364 more days till I get to have another birthday party. It might as well have been forever.
It’s been a long time since I was nine. I don’t need the attention. I am indifferent towards getting older (well, at least I am this year). After the cards, presents, and phone calls, it’s another day. I am content to enjoy a nice day. Contentment feels good.

One thought on “Birthday Contentment

  1. Happy belated birthday, Larry! I actually remembered your birthday that day…just forgot to wish you a happy one! Glad you had a nice time.
    Nice blog. I like it.

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