Monday, October 11, 2010

Queen for a day

Yesterday was my birthday.  Yes, 42 years ago I was born at 2.45 am, at 5lbs and with my feet bent back all the way to my ankles.  And as my dear old dad used to say, 'Now look at you'!!!  Now, I'm 60-something kilos (130-something lbs?), still have weak ankles but I've created the most beautiful family.  I know I usually use this blog as a platform for whinging, whining and general complaining (although I do TRY to be some sort of an inspiration!) but after yesterday, I realised once again, how very, very lucky I am.  I can count on both hands the people I love.

Even though we had torrential rain, we went out for an early breakfast where I sat in my 'receiving chair' at the head of the table and opened my gifts.  From TD No. 1 - a gorgeous Japanese bangle; from TD No. 2 - some champagne flutes and wine glasses; from No. 1 Son - the Stephen Fry autobiography and from SH No. 1 - a beautiful pair of diamond earrings!!!  Yes, the gifts are special and every one of them represents a part of me and the fact that my family know me so well is touching.  I'm not materialistic and  that's just a small part of it.  I really was treated like a queen and each and every one of them made me feel so special.  TD No. 1 and I forgot our differences and really connected and No. 1 Son was so excited, it was like it was his birthday.  I had lots of phone calls and texts, ate whatever I wanted and in the evening I had a party with my 3 year old nephew who shares my birthday, where we danced and got to sing 'Happy Birthday' - twice.

I think we become so caught up in our day to day routines - rushing from here to there, we forget to just stop and really appreciate who and what we have in our lives.  Well, I do anyway.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful day - happy birthday x

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! How wonderful that you had such a wonderful celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Thanks girls!!! Another year older but wiser.

  4. At least you get wiser! I just get gray and arthritis! =)

  5. Happy Birthday for Monday. It sounds as though you have a wonderful family who love and support you all the way. We often need a special day like that to remind us what is really important in our lives!
    I have been rather busy and stressed out with the assignments I need to complete before the end of the semester. This morning I had to give a presentation about my first experience of blogging which was on this website. The presentation was nerve racking but my talk was positive and well received.
    I am quite excited as I have been invited to drinks and tapas at a sundowner being held for all the pending graduates for this year. It will be fun to talk to students as don't know as well as my uni friends who have been a part of my life for the past 3 years.
    Well only 2 weeks to go and although I am looking forward to finishing I am also planning what I will do next year as I can't bear to think of not studying something next year.

  6. Hi Yvonne - yes, I have heard studying can become quite addictive! Even though I'm at the end of only my first year, I plan to go on once I've finished my undergrad. I hope all goes well with your graduation. Enjoy the celebration! All the best.


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