What do you want for your birthday?

That list changes over the years.

One year I wanted to keep my chocolate Barbie Cake that my Aunt Lydia made for me, but every one ate it and I got a color tracing book instead!

One year what I wanted for my birthday was to celebrate it during the school year (July) with all my friends and have cupcakes and get to wear that birthday crown, but that never happened. My mom suggested I could go to summer school to get that wish but that was never an option for me.

My parents always made my birthday feel special because it lingers around July 4.  According to my parents all that hoopla was partly for me AND America. My brother, Randy’s birthday was close to mine and we often shared the celebration. I LOVED this! He and I were buds…



But the best thing of all was that I always spent my birthday with gobs of cousins, Aunts and Uncles, brothers and sisters, and extra family or friends, usually watching fireworks, playing games, licking Popsicles, watching parades, and feeling connected to all of it.

I don’t really remember any specific gifts that stand out for my birthday. But what I do remember is the people I shared it with, and the place I celebrated all of the years I have lived.

My birthday is coming up.

I have already been asked, “What do you want for your birthday?”

I have given it some thought and this is what I want:

  • I want shoes of all sizes left by our front door with the people-matches inside.
  • I want a full cart at the grocery store with lots of yummy foods to share with those I love every time I shop.
  • I want to hear sounds of playing of those I love, running in and out, laughing and chatting and lots and lots of noise.
  • I want to hear the basement drums or violin playing, even from the farthest corner of the house.
  • I want to smell food cooking, preferable dinner, with the table set for a crowd and a salad ready.
  • I want to trip on little toys left all around the floor and leave them there to play.
  • I want the laundry to be in heaps and the sound of the dryer humming– because laundry is life lived.
  • I want wet towels hanging on the banister outside or behind bathroom doors or over closet doorknobs.
  • I want to listen to the soft sounds of night time with a house full of loved ones sleeping everywhere–while I lie awake lulled by that melody.
  • I want to share chocolate Barbie birthday cake every year with everyone all around me and sing for all the birthdays including mine and not pout when they cut into it.
  • I want to share my birthday with Randy.
  • I want none of this to ever ever go away.

You get what you wish for on your birthday, and this is my wish…

This quote explains in a nut shell what I want from now on.

“I have learned

that being with those I love

is enough.”

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