When I was about 8 or 9, my parents chipped together enough money to buy a karaoke machine. It was an expensive gift, so it was a Christmas/birthday present. I loved to sing, I was a performer, and their gift taught me to take my dreams and aspirations seriously.
For my 10th birthday, the only thing I was looking forward to was finally being in the “double digit” category. I mean, for a kid, those kind of milestones can be HUGE! But that year, first thing in the morning, I opened a white box with a giant green cellophane bow on top from my Aunt Janeen and Uncle Skip. They gave me a microscope. It was serious. It went up to 100x magnification, had solutions and glass slides. I cherished it. I collected samples from ponds, from under fingernails, and hair samples (that was my favorite to look at for some reason) carefully stored away in glass jars. They gave me the gift of scientific exploration and the knowledge that there is more to see than what is visible to the naked eye.
I am a winter baby and most people think it’s a sucky time of year to have a birthday, but I love the snow and most of my birthdays were white, that was certainly my one wish every year anyway. I’ve been having a hard time with the lack of seasons in San Diego, but I made choices in life, and one of those was to allow myself to fall in love with a military man and raise our children where we’ve been planted. I don’t regret that decision one bit, my husband is better than a lifetime full of white Christmases and birthdays. When my love asked what he could get me for my birthday, I said, “you.” My birthday has never been about the presents, it’s about all the things that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Today, I celebrate my 32nd year of life. I don’t need gifts, for I have more than I ever dreamed; a husband who is my equal, our 7 kind-hearted children, my tribe of friends and family, a comfortable home. I want for nothing, yet, here I sit with one of the most memorable gifts. My husband gave me the gift of time… in the form of a road trip… to go play in the snow.
Thank you for all of the birthday wishes, phone calls, and messages. I am packing up right now, feeling a little overwhelmed with my emotions, but I will respond to each one. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to think of me. ❤