happy birthday to me

Today is one of the four major holidays of the Laura & Allan household.* I have been alive on this earth 44 years today.

You'll forgive me for announcing my birthday like a little kid when I don't know any of yours. I love my birthday, I love getting older (ok, not everything about it, but in general), and I'm really put off by all the whining about aging.

I am happy to be alive. Life is short, and ridiculously fragile, and each one of us who draws breath can find things to appreciate in our lives. It may sound greeting-card corny, but I feel this most profoundly. I feel rich with the things that are most important in life, and I am very grateful.

All my life people have been telling me, "You'll see, when you're older..." When I'm older I'll want children, when I'm older I'll dread birthdays, when I'm older I'll wish I had gone to law school, blah blah blah. You know what? I am older! And it turns out you had no imagination!

I won't be around for comments today - we'll be celebrating at our favorite restaurant. (We've determined to go back there on every visit to NYC, so I don't have to get all mopey over The Last Time.) Mr Redsock is still sleeping, but the dogs very thoughtfully had placed a gift near the coffeepot this morning; I guess they wrapped it over night. They got me the new Aimee Mann CD (I love her) and the obligatory dog-themed card. Seems they've heard of this thing called Canadian bacon... Yes, we are silly like that.

*Both our birthdays, the anniversary of the day we met, and the anniversary of the day we moved in together. (I think we should add a fifth: the day we leave NYC for Canada!)


Marnie said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. I agree completely -- growing older is great, and the anti-aging craze is ridiculous. I'm looking at 40 this year, and I can't wait.

(And, ahem, if you paid attention to a previous comment you DO know my birthday ... not that I'll be expecting a dog-themed card or anything ...)

laura k said...

Thank you Marnie!! I'm happy to know another woman who embraces her birthday. Very cool!

I suspect several female wmtc readers are not age-phobic - Crabletta, Sassycat, Cin and Barbara from California come to mind, among others.

Of course now I remember your earlier comment. Do you prefer cats? :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, LG!!!

I'm just a young kid yet, but I tell you, two of my closest friends are 39 turning 40 this year (me I'm a ripe old 26). What's cool is when we hang out, age is forgotten altogether ... never comes up, never has to. Which is amazing. Proves to me that we are all only as old we feel ... numbers are arbitrary.

Happy 44th, hope you have a great day!!! And aren't dogs just the most thoughtful creatures?

laura k said...

Thanks, G! Yeah, it's great when age is meaningless. Through activist stuff, I've always been friends with people much older and much younger than me. Our relative ages give us different perspectives, and it's all good - but mostly it's irrelevant. That's the best.

barefoot hiker said...

Happy birthday, L. :) You're right, most people take their day as an opportunity to lament that they're not 20 anymore. Your attitude's a refreshing change and you'll likely live a long life because of it. Well, if they're any justice to it.

(I think we should add a fifth: the day we leave NYC for Canada!)

Oh, you must mean Port Credit Day. :) Why, it's the happiest day in all south-central Mississauga!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Laura!!!!

Enjoy the day!

zydeco fish said...

Happy Birthday. You don't look 44 ;-)

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Happy Birthday!

Sass said...

Happy birthday!

laura k said...

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate it, and I wish you all happy birthdays, whenever they may be.

Oh, you must mean Port Credit Day. :) Why, it's the happiest day in all south-central Mississauga!

It will be! :)

dogsled_stacie said...

Happy Birthday! And thanks for reminding me that age is irrelevant. I'm coming up on my 35th and after never really caring about age, I found myself thinking about it wayyyy too much. It's great to see you all embracing your birthdays, whatever age!

laura k said...

I'll admit I had one like that. 37, for some reason. But I was having a hard time, feeling kind of shitty about my life. The number itself... pffft. Whatever.

Have a happy (or at least meaningful) 35th. Woof!

David Cho said...

Happy Birthday, Laura.

Crabbi said...

Happy Birthday! Yay for you, yay for not giving a rat's ass about a silly number, and yay for being alive.

I'm 43 at the end of the month, so yay, too, for June babies. Hooray for Aimee Mann, too.

Have a great day and enjoy your birthday meal - mmm...

laura k said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It was so nice to download my mail and read all your happy birthdays!

I had a lovely day, full of food, wine and presents. I am very fortunate that my partner, knowing how I love birthdays, makes a big fuss over mine.

Ms Crabletta, happy birthday in advance! I wholeheartedly second every one of those hoorays.