40 Something Birthday Quandry
My birthday is Saturday, and I don’t know how to celebrate. We leave on vacation on Sunday, so there is much to do to prepare, but I don’t want to lose sight of my special day.
Growing up, I was always super sensitive about my birthdays. I recall one year my parents gave me presents in advance of my official day, and I got all upset because they came early.
This year for some reason, while I want to celebrate, I don’t feel so hung up on having to do something super special. I originally thought I might go into Manhattan, shop around, and meet up with my husband and Seth for dinner. But, now I’m thinking, that maybe I’ll just chill with them at our community pool and eat out some place local that I either love or have been wanting to try.
I was chatting with a mom friend about it today who said her husband has a 50th birthday approaching, and she wondered what to do. I’m not as yet at that milestone, but it got me thinking about how I’d want to celebrate when my time comes. Would I want to host a splashy affair, or celebrate in a more low key fashion? Or perhaps go on a fabulous trip, with Seth and Marc, if Seth is mature enough. He will be 7 then.
Lots to think about, and I certainly don’t want to rush the years away. Part of me can’t believe that one day I’ll actually be 50. I don’t know where the time goes. But, I do want to enjoy my time and to especially treasure Seth’s younger years.
So….maybe for my birthday this year I don’t need to really focus on myself. Perhaps I can enjoy the afternoon with Seth and Marc, just spending quality family time….as long as I get to pick the restaurant. I refuse to eat in Seth’s favorite dinner spot, our local diner. I draw the birthday line there. And, if I do choose to indulge in dessert, I want my birthday ice cream sundae with the works…hot fudge, cherry, etc. I can burn off some calories playing around with Seth in the pool. And, no doubt I’ll get more cardio on vacation, chasing him.