Saturday, March 8, 2008


It has come to my attention that adults don't celebrate enough. The nitty gritty details of life get in the way, I guess. Bad news bombards us from multiple sources, chores must be done, and life turns into one big, bad to-do list that does not contain fun.

People are surprised that I celebrate my birthday--at my age! This year, I invited several friends and threw a dinner party--no gifts, just food and fellowship. (Well, ok, they brought gifts anyway, but that wasn't my intent.) Since then, I've attended two other friends' birthday parties, each in the style of the hostess. One greeted me at her door wearing a pink feathered tiara. She celebrated her life's journey with humor, confidence, and elan. The other wore a spring dress in a tropical setting (our local botanical gardens) on a wintery day. Her party warmed our bodies and spirits (see above. The candle flame on the cupcake is the same color as my friend's dress!)
Birthdays come but once a year. Holidays are sporadically sprinkled through the calendar. How about finding something to celebrate everyday? Even a little thing? Today, I am celebrating the yellow and white crocuses blooming in my otherwise brown backyard!!
An embroidered sampler sums up this kind of celebration well:
"Catch the simple and the ordinary
and turn it into the happy and wonderful
--You can do it everyday"
What are you celebrating?

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