Not a huge fan.
Not because I am getting older (though HOLY smokes am I!)…but because it just brings up lots of memories of past disappointments. Might seem weird. I used to get SO excited for my birthday–I mean, who doesn’t want to feel a little special…get a little attention…get some new stuff. I can STILL remember a few gifts I got as a child and when I got them. The set of smelly markers from Ann at my eighth birthday. The cool dog garbage can from Heidi that same year…
And then I remembered. I think that might have been my only party as a child. We just didn’t “do” birthday parties that much. It wasn’t like my friends were having them and I didn’t…we just rarely did it–but 37 years later I still remember that day.
So I think maybe every year I still think “Maybe this year something really cool will happen!” and guess what. It never does. My family may or may not remember. If I want a new gift, I probably need to buy it myself. My mom will call–maybe a sibling or two. It just isn’t super valued in my family or my husband’s family. I’ve had to deal with it.
But why am I whining about this to you? I guess because of this…
Birthdays might not be so great for some of our students either. They come to school and hear about their friends getting new TV’s for their room or going to overnights at hotels–and they may go home and have very very little.
So–make sure you try to connect with your birthday kiddos somehow. A birthday pencil. A treat. But most of all–let them know you care about them and celebrate them. I’ve even told students in the past about my kind of lackluster life of birthdays when I know they are going home to not much. I work in a school where we are very much the “haves” and the “have nots”, so this is an issue we face quite a bit. Christmas. Vacations. Technology. Some students have these things surrounding them all day every day–but they remain out of their reach.
Ok. Enough whining. What a depressing post! I just woke up this morning kind of bummed…like I do many birthday mornings. I have learned over the last 45 years how to make my own happiness on this day…I treat myself to something or I do something kind for someone else. Since starting this little blogging thing, I try to share with you guys too! I decided to throw a little birthday sale today, so if you are interested in anything, today might be your day to check it out!
Have a WONDERFUL day…I’m going to go take some doughnuts and juice to my 24 little critters today and reflect on how stinkin’ lucky I am to do what I do.