Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Wednesday I turned 56, and 14 in Leap Year time. It's a bit of a giggle that the older I get, the more tempted I am to use my Leap Year age. I think it is like a preposterous Tall Tale or something.

I read an article about how no pregnant women want to schedule their deliveries on Leap Year, for fear that their child won't appreciate being born on one. While I've enjoyed the semi-noteriety, I can't say that I blame them.

It was fun as a kid to be treated specially, but I always felt the contained annoyances or jealousies surrounding it from my classmates and friends. And I learned the hard way as I got older that if you don't have a birthday that is on the calendar every year, people tend to forget yours.

But, as one friend of mine pointed out, being forgotten on your birthday happens to all kinds of people who do have a yearly birthdate. So, I don't feel so alone. :-)) I have learned to keep a low profile and celebrate among family, who never fail me with continuing to treat me specially. When friends remember, it's a plus. But the low key mentality dominates. I even forgot to post it here until right now, lol.

Make no mistake - I celebrate a birthday every year! In the non-LP years, my birthday is Feb. 28 - the last day of the month. Not March 1. I'm a February baby. My birthstone is Amethyst. I was born in February, not March. Simple as that.

This was my first year to have a birthday on Facebook. And it was fun to get dozens of well wishes, by virtue of reminders to friends. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to have that in real life?

All in all, given my trouble with focussing and my tendency to wear out easily, I think I still prefer the low-key approach. I'm kinda glad my birthday -- any birthday -- only happens once a year. :-))
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