Do you love or hate your birthday? It seems like it’s an either/or sort of thing, doesn’t it?
No matter how old I get, I love my birthday! I just love that my birthday is on 2/2, that it’s on a minor holiday named after an animal (Groundhog Day) and that my parents had to drive from Nebraska to Iowa to get to the hospital.
This year, on the day before my birthday, we got 19 inches of snow. 19 inches! That’s a lot of snow! The girls were thrilled that we all got to stay home from school and play on my birthday! They did most of the playing while I drank tea and watched from the window. On one of my trips outside, I overheard Lily warning the neighbor about yellow snow, which is always good advice.
The snow was actually too deep for the girls to venture into the backyard, and I waded back there to make sure the dryer vent wasn’t covered in snow. Yes, I was doing laundry on my birthday. It was sad that my first snow day thought was that I would have time to wash clothes and perhaps even get my laundry folded. I had to walk around the house because the back door was snowed in! The snow was up to my knees. The sun was shining, and the birds were singing. I just had to stand back there for a few minutes, and enjoy the peacefulness of it all. I was so glad that I had taken the time to fill the birdfeeders before the blizzard started. I caught these two little birdies knocking the snow off the feeder so they could eat a snack.
Later that afternoon, I also fed my own little chickadees. They had built snow tables and snow chairs and wanted to eat outside. They reminded me of that fun children’s book that everyone has read, I think, simply titled Snow, by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman. “Snow; it gives you a good appetite.”
Fortunately for me, the roads were plowed well enough by dinnertime, and it was my turn to be pampered. We drove to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and dessert. Have you ever noticed that a real Cheesecake Factory looks nothing like the Cheesecake Factory where Penny was a waitress in The Big Bang Theory?
The cheesecake was absolutely divine, but I still prefer the birthday cake Lily and Emmy decorated for me on Sunday. If you look at the candles carefully, you can figure out how old I am.
Birthdays! Do you love them or hate them? When will you be celebrating your birthday?
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