Friday, May 18, 2012

if we didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you

My feelings about birthdays can best be summed up in the words of Dr. Seuss from, what I consider his greatest book, "Happy Birthday to You!"

"Today," laughs the Bird, "eat whatever you want.  Today no one tells you you cawnt or you shawnt.  And, today, you don't have to be tidy or neat.  If you wish, you may eat with both hands and both feet."

"If we didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.  If you'd never been born, well then what would you do?  If you'd never been born, well then what would you be?  You might be a fish!  Or a toad in a tree!"

"Come on!  Open your mouth and sound off at the sky!  Shout loud at the top of your voice, "I AM I!  ME!  I am I!  And I may not know why, but I know that I like it.  Three cheers!  I AM I!

Today you are you!  That is truer than true!  There is no one alive who is you-er than you!  Shout loud, "I am lucky to be what I am!  Thank goodness I'm not just a clam or a ham or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!  I am what I am!  That's a great thing to be!  If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!"

I'm so excited to be spending the day with my sweetheart, doing some of our favorite things.  Every day is a gift and if we're just willing to open it, doesn't that make each day a little like a birthday?

Hope your weekend is full of gifts, both seen and unseen. 


  1. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you'll enjoy it!

    P.S. Fun old pics!

  2. Hope your day with Steve was wonderful! Also, was that a football shaped cake??? I know what I want for my birthday!

  3. Why was there one pic and you are all alone blowing at the candles at the table while your mom is in the background doing dishes?!?

  4. How wonderful to see all those wonderful pix of you growing up. I too love birthdays! You enjoyed every one to the fullest! Glad you got to spend this one with the love of your life:)



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