Wednesday, January 13, 2010
What's the statute of limitations on belated birthday celebrations?
Anyone who knows me even the least little bit knows I have never been a big fan of the birth date I got stuck with. That's right - I was a Christmas baby - well almost - December 27th - close enough. Over the years I have threatened to officially change my birth date to June 27th so I could have a lovely outdoor garden party, dressed in a summer frock and a slight tan, sipping a cocktail by the pool. But noooooo, I am stuck in the week between Christmas and New Years', the dreaded week where I am completely partied out from all the weeks of socializing leading up to Christmas and trying to save one last push of small talk for a possible New Year's fete before the start of resolution season. Because of the inconvenient date of my birthday, many of my friends have suggested belated dinners and lunches in the month of January when my schedule is freed up and I might actually enjoy a meal out once the holidays are past. And they are right. So, in recent years, this is how it has gone. Mid to late January tends to be the time I join my friends for my birthday. Today was no exception. I just got home from a lovely dinner out with a couple of my closest friends and I appreciated it far more than I would have in December. This afternoon at work, the staff gathered in the lunch room for a little surprise birthday cake (actually it was fruit skewers with yogurt dip in honour of my aversion to sugar) with two candles (guess they think I am much younger than I am!) and it was a lovely gesture that although late, was much appreciated. Then, when I got home and checked my email, there was an invite from my tennis ladies for yet another belated gathering with them. Three different birthday plans on the same day, almost an omen to officially change my birthday to today - January 13th. But I am also a little superstitious, so I am not comfortable with the thirteenth either, so now I'm not sure if I should just go with my original plan of June 27th or keep it closer to the date it actually is - December 27th. Such a serious matter. What to do? What to do? So, I thought, why not take a vote? What do you think? Help me pick a date. Help me enjoy the next 50 birthdays on a date other than December 27th. Send your vote for your choice for Deb's new birth date. Solve my dilemma. Let's bury the old date for once and for all. All suggestions will be considered. (But only if I like them.)