Thursday, September 11, 2008

Frozen in Time

When people ask me how old I am, my first instinct is to tell them 25. It is not that I am embarrassed about my real age, rather somewhere in my subconscious, I am stuck at 25. Maybe my 25th year was particularly eventful - I got engaged, married, made a long distance move, and started a new job; or maybe it was because on my 25th birthday time stood still due to the terrorist attacks.

It is really odd having your birthday on September 11th. It was my birthday long before the horrific events of that day, yet still people do not expect me to be too happy or to party too hardy (because I am such a wild child - har har har). Many people also don't like to wish me a happy birthday without also noting that the day is "bittersweet" as if acknowledging that the day has any alternative significance is somehow unpatriotic.

The good news is, in my house, my two little munchkins don't yet understand any of the significance of the date. When we ask LP whose birthday is coming up she responds, "Tuesday is my party." Today is Thursday, it is my birthday, and there is no party, but hopefully there will be lots of hugs and kisses waiting for me when I get home. Oh, and I just got a phone call where LP sang to me an original composition, "Mommy mom, mommy mom, mommy mommy, mommy, mom."


Robyn said...

While today will forever be known as 9-11, it has been and always be your birthday. So, Happy Birthday andI hope you have a nice celebration with your beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

I usually lurk, but I thought maybe it was time to write. A friend of mine also has her birthday today, and she echoes your feelings every year.

I tell her the same thing I'll share with you. This day is about celebrating your presence on this earth, and I am sure that those folks impacted by that day would say that they are happy that you are here, with your family, with your loved ones.

Lori said...

Happy birthday!

A's Mom said...

Wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday!

Tiffany said...

Happy Happy Birthday.

My 30th is coming up in about a month and lets just say that I don't want that day to come.

Also - you gotta feel you are getting old and fat when your 3 year old pats your belly and says big belly! LOL

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Amy!

Stephanie said...

I couldn't say it any better than Blue Bamboo did.

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day.