My birthday was last Sunday. On the same day this year, 2010, the United States opened against England in World Cup. My husband, who is a big time soccer fan and a die-hard Team USA fan, had been very excited about the World Cup. He had walked into our kitchen to ask me a question about 2, 3 weeks before the World Cup started. He asked what I would think about him organizing a World Cup game watching party at a sports bar to watch the US game against England with his friends. I thought to myself, alright, that’s fine, but wait a minute, I wonder if he remembered my birthday being on the same day. I popped the question to him and he froze. He did not forget my birthday, he said. I believe him, of course. He remembered my birthday, except for that moment. When our brains get busy with a lot of information and ideas, something has to be temporarily kicked out, right?
He was going to drop the idea of having a game watching party out of guilt, but I didn’t think it was necessary, plus I saw an opportunity to add my birthday celebration to it. I suggested that instead of crossing the idea, we bring a birthday cake to the restaurant and celebrate my birthday there. I would love it. My husband had never planned a birthday party for me in the past, probably because of our anniversary being a day before my birthday. My birthday has always been overshadowed by our anniversary or other events in June (how come June is such a busy month for everyone…?) and we have always celebrated my birthday just by ourselves, very quietly, almost nonchalantly. It’s okay, but after a while, I started to long for a fun celebration with friends. I like my birthday. Sure, my birthday reminds me of my aging, but I turn a year older whether I celebrate my birthday or not, so I might as well celebrate it. I’d rather make it an interesting day!
We did reserve a room at a restaurant on June 12 for a soccer match viewing party and my sweet husband prepared fabulous cakes for me. Needless to say, I had the best time on my birthday at the game watching party slash my birthday celebration. I have never in my life received so many birthday wishes from my friends and I absolutely loved it. My husband made sure everyone learned that I had turned 35 by announcing it and having candles. Haha… How do you like that? I would choose to have my age a little more discreet, but that’s okay. I always thought that June is not a good month for birthdays, but now having World Cup every 4 years in June, I realize that it actually can be a great month to have a birthday. Every 4 years.
I had a conversation with my friend about birthday parties and she taught me an interesting analysis. What people do for others is what they liked to be done to themselves. I have always thought my husband liked having a party for his birthday (and I believe he does), so I have given him birthday parties a handful of times in the past. I have realized that not only do I find giving him a birthday party a joy, but I probably do it since I like the way of birthday celebration. Isn’t it interesting? How do you like to celebrate your birthday? What was your favorite birthday celebration?