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Monday, September 05, 2016

Birthdays - A Writing Prompt

I'm participating in an online writing group hosted by Ann Dee Ellis. She gives a prompt and encourages 8 minutes of uninterrupted writing. Here's the most recent exercise:

I haven't had many awesome birthdays. Not that anything in particular has happened to make them awful... more like they're just so anti-climactic now that I'm a grown up. I worry that making a big deal for each of my kids' birthdays every year is setting them up for the same let down. But I just can't help myself! I love having parties for them, or going on a special outing. In a way, their birthdays are about me, too. I've invested so much into them and I want to party and I want to celebrate.

And really, with the kids being so young still, it's easy to make their birthdays special. They want to help decorate a treat, and blow out candles. They want some crepe paper streamers, a new toy or book, some art supplies, a trip to the aquarium, or a backyard party. They want to go swimming, sing "Happy Birthday," and pick their favorite place to eat dinner. They want to see some of their friends or their cousins and just run around on a sugar-high. It's not too much effort and I enjoy it. It won't always be so simple to make their wildest dreams come true.

Maybe that's my problem with my own birthday- I have expectations but don't have a mostly-stay-at-home-mom to fulfill them! I need to take matters into my own hands and plan my next birthday from start to finish. My birthday this year was amazing because my family surprised me with tuition money for my yoga course, and next year needs to be just as good. Hopefully I'll be a few weeks away from certifying and we'll all have more than one reason to celebrate.

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