My birthday is this week and as usual, I’ve got the birthday blues.
Birthdays used to be something you make a fuss over. An excuse to be creative. Just look at Pinterest. Thousands and thousands of colorful, creative and amazing ideas for celebrating people.
There’s almost nothing there about Mom birthdays. Not one Pinterest board I could find.
Pretty sad considering the ones who do all these crafts and think up all these amazing traditions for their kids and family members? Moms.
That’s right. The fussmakers don’t get fussed over. They remember everyone elses favorite colors and bake cakes from scratch.
Do you know what their favorite flavor is? They were so busy remembering yours, they probably forgot their own favorites too.
I could have a tantrum, but instead I made this list.
I asked some of my friends about their own birthday traditions, either from the past or the present. I had to ask some of then twice because they immediately wanted to tell me what spectacular stuff they did for their kids, and not what was done for them as kids or that their families presently did. Part of the reason I asked was curiosity. But I’m also looking for an antidote to my own do-nothing special then cry about how craptacular it was year-after-year birthday pity party. I’m looking for something that doesn’t require a lot of planning, crafting or a big fat check on the part of my family, because frankly, I am not sure they are up to it. It’s probably not personal. They just do better with routine and clear directions.
I just ordered my own gluten free cupcakes from Sprinkles. Which, come to think of it, might be a tradition waiting to happen. Check out these ideas from some of my friends and feel free to leave your own suggestions and traditions in the comments!
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