Happy Birthday to Me

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me. Ellen Glasgow

Macau - many moons ago

Macau – many moons ago

I tend to wax nostalgic on my birthday. I’ve been on this earth for 58 years now. Most of the time spent in awe and wonder, interspersed with occasional times of inevitable sadness.

My son’s father sent me a picture that drew my mind back into the past. In the picture I’m standing on the beach in Macau with my 2 children, looking across the bay at mainland china.

This moment in time happened about 35 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. The feel of the sand on my toes, the warm sea air caressing my skin, my son’s sweaty little sumo wrestler body clinging to me like a baby monkey, my daughter asking a thousand questions, delighting in every sea shell – every grain of sand. It was a peaceful day that’s been lingering in the back of my brain for decades.

I think living a long wonderful life takes a bit of mental effort. If you let your brain sit back and randomly spew memories, you don’t know what you’re gonna get. A deliberate choice to remember happy times takes some mental gyrations, but the rewards are plentiful.

20 responses

  1. Happy happy birthday! Mine is next week – we are both Tauruses…

    1. Cool, so is my son so we’re a trio! I always told him that he was my birthday present when he was a kid. What it really meant was that I didn’t get to party on my birthday that year. LOL 🙂 But I love him anyway.

  2. Happy Birthday! (a little late) What a lovely memory to share, too. Getting older might not always be fun, but it’s always worth it. ((Hugs))

    1. I think I have to agree with you 🙂

  3. I think you’re both intelligent and beautiful.
    Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

    1. Aw thank you. You are always such a charmer

    1. Happy Birthday!

      1. thank you for that picture 🙂 I’ve always admired Marilyn.

  4. Happy, happy Birthday Trinity and a bazillion more to come! I agree with your thoughts on memories, btw! I hope you’ve been enjoying your special day today! 🙂

    1. Thank you Penny. I consider myself to be lucky to have many happy memories 🙂

  5. Bonne anniversaire! Happy birthday! Have a spectacular day!

    1. Thank you Maire 🙂

  6. Have a very happy birthday!

    1. Thank you Debra 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday! You’re right, you choose to be happy… it doesn’t just happen.

    1. Thank you Rebecca 🙂

  8. I just crossed #68 and you are so right as you remember the wonder your life has been. Happy Birthday and best wishes for many more.

  9. Happy Birthday

    1. Thank you 🙂

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