Yesterday was my birthday. I love birthdays. I know some people don’t like them and have an issue with their age. I don’t care about that – I LOVE birthdays. Not because of the presents, although they are lovely, but because of the sentiment and the increased communication and the whole joy of celebration.
Before I go on I will just recap about my wonderful birthday celebrations.
For me they always begin with the Llanwrtyd Wells Real Ale Wobble – so good of my home town to put on a beer festival and live entertainment for my birthday!
John’s birthday is on the 5th, mine the 19th November. In recent years we’ve chosen to give each other the birthday treat of a night or two away. Or similar. This year we booked a hotel room in Cardiff and some theatre tickets. We did it some months ago, affording us time to enjoy contemplating how lovely it would be prior to the experience itself.
So 18th over to the 19th, after all the hard work of a busy B&B weekend, we meandered our way to Cardiff. We mooched around quirky boutiques, old record shops, vintage stalls and cafes with homemade cakes. We then lazed in the Novotel, had a lovely meal and walked along the Atlantic Wharf to the Millennium Centre where we belly laughed our way through Paul Merton and chums doing improv. After which we found a cute little wine bar and perched ourselves on bar stools discussing items on our bucket lists. A taxi back to the hotel ‘cos my feet were killing me. More wine. Box of chocolates. Etc etc. In the morning a lovely late breakfast a leisurely regrouping of our possessions a repacking of all our new purchases and a sunny drive home over the snow-capped Beacons.
Birthdays, seem to be occasions where our minds find time to focus upon individual friends and family members. If only for a minute or two. This is even more true with the increased access to each other via social media. Just for a moment you remember that person whose birthday reminder has popped up and you have the opportunity to wallow in a happy memory and you spare a moment and type something like ” Happy Birthday x” or “good to know you’re still alive” or” have one on me” or similar.
What it really says is “I may not often (or ever) see you but I remember you fondly and I take comfort in knowing you are out there somewhere”. What could be more lovely than to be remembered by people of whom you too have fond memories ?