Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: An NHWN blogger has a birthday today. Without naming names, she’s particularly fond of Friday birthdays because it allows for 3 days of celebrating without worrying about work. What’s your opinion on best day of the week for a birthday? What day of the week is your birthday on this year?
Lee Laughlin Friday birthdays are good, Monday birthdays are better 🙂 I’m of the age where I tend to get reflective on my birthday. I was born in May, so if it is a weekday, the kids are in school and I can take most of the day off to be by myself without guilt. I usually go for a walk or even take a day trip to the beach. My kids and husband are good about making me feel special at dinner time :).
Wendy Thomas: I’ll have to go with a weekend birthday. Like Lee, I use birthdays as a time of reflection. I look at my past goals, see how I did and then sit down to make some new goals. I like the open time on the weekends and the hours we can sit at a late night dinner table enjoying the food and conversation. I’m not much of a person for celebrating loudly, instead, on my birthday I do so like to be with friends quietly contemplating or sitting in a favorite chair under a quilt, reading a book.
Lisa Jackson: My birthday is just another day, but when I was younger, I particularly enjoyed Friday birthdays because the celebrating extended through the weekend. I have every day to myself so don’t do the reflection that Lee and Wendy have mentioned. I tend to get that way in September, which to me is the start of a new year. I like reviewing what I’ve done and where I want to go. What’s crazy is I constantly forget how old I am since I just don’t pay attention to it and the number doesn’t seem relevant to anything I do…or maybe it’s old age and I’m already forgetting and don’t want to acknowledge that! 🙂
Jamie Wallace: My birthday falls on a Monday this year, and I like that. I have always downplayed my birthday – not because I’m worried about showing my age, but because I never wanted to inconvenience anyone with parties or having to find the perfect gift. My beau is the polar opposite. He begins talking about his birthday a month in advance. At first, I found this odd and even a little off-putting; but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “Well, why the hell not?” After all, it is a day to celebrate your birth, and if the day you came into the world isn’t worth celebrating, I don’t know what is! I will probably still keep things low key on my birthday – reflecting and enjoying some kind of solitary treat (perhaps a pedicure and a trip to the bookstore). But, I will not hold back from celebrating with friends and family over the weekend. After all, I’m pretty happy I’m here, and so are they. Maybe I’ll adopt the Hobbit custom of giving gifts to others on my birthday. That might be fun!
Julie Hennrikus: My birthday is on a Sunday this year. And it is a significant one, and it is giving me pause. My sister recently asked if I wanted to ignore it or have a party. And I decided, despite the moment I am having, a party is in order. First of all, I’m turning 50 with a lovely life, good health, great friends and a wonderful family. And secondly, at 50 you realize that age is a gift. How about a time for a bunch of us to celebrate? A happy reason to get together? Because you can’t stop aging, so might as well have a party.
Susan Nye: My birthday was three weeks ago today – so a Friday this year. A weekend birthday is always fun. I like to ski on my birthday and it’s easier to find playmates on the weekend.
My celebrations are pretty low key except when the year ends with a zero or five. Last time I threw a birthday party the power went out about twelve hours before my guests were due to arrive. (And stayed out for a couple of days.) A bunch of people showed up anyway so we celebrated by candle light. It was fun, a bit of an adventure. A few days later, I did it all over again with everyone who missed the first party.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I suspect I’m the oldest one in the group, and I’m aware that there’s less and less ahead – which means I don’t really want to celebrate time passing, just time now. And lest I sound grim, let me say this: even if I have only thirty years left, at least I don’t have to go through adolescence, marriage or motherhood again! So the road ahead looks pretty wonderful, and I did celebrate my birthday a few Tuesdays ago – skiing in Canada, where there were piles of snow, great food and wine, a clawfoot tub, and time to read. I’m not complaining. And I’m done for the year.
What about that wonderful idea from Alice in Wonderland – and celebrate unbirthdays?