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I am trying to make my birthday a non-event this year…

May 28, 2005, 11:00 PM

I am SO trying to make my birthday, May 30, a non-event this year. For some reason I just don’t want to be reminded that it’s coming up, and want it to pass without notice.

And I certainly don’t want it announced over the loudspeaker at work, going so far to say that, while admitting that it is coming up soon, it is on an “undisclosed date”.

I have also told the family in the last day or so that I want NO birthday cake, and NO card. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t particularly want to celebrate my birthday this year. Last year, it was a bit of a non-event, too. That time, instead of saying no cake, I said no chocolate cake, and if I found a chocolate cake, was fully prepared to launch it into the backyard, icing first. It ended up being a red velvet cake, which was satisfactory.

Needless to say, I’m not exactly aging gracefully. Why my birthday has been turning into a personal ordeal, I don’t know, but it’s just been a day I’m not looking forward to. To help forget about it, I didn’t even bother to ask for the day off from work. I have my regular days of Wednesday and Thursday off this week.

Of course, you are talking to the person who boycotted his own college graduation. I deliberately did not attend, despite the rest of the family’s insistence that I go. I put my foot down on that one firmly, stating several times that I wasn’t going to attend over the course of a year and a half before the event. The final word on that went like this: “You’re more than welcome to go to JMU’s graduation, but I’m not going to be there.”

So with that in mind, does it surprise you about this anti-birthday thing I’m going through this year? I just want it all to go away.

Web site: "Column: Birthdays not worth celebrating" by Melanie Hirsch

Song: Electrical Parade theme from Disneyland

Quote: "For my b-day, I want NO CAKE and NO CARD." - Text message to family members

Categories: Birthdays, Myself