Friday, September 11, 2015

Birthday Musings

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Today I am 37. It's a little odd having your birthday associated with the biggest terrorist plot in America, but hey, that's life. For many years after 9/11, I didn't do much in the way of celebration. It was not a conscious decision. But I guess the somber mood of all of America leached into my subconscious. Then, I had kids and through their innocence of afore-mentioned events and goodness, all of that changed.

Last weekend, we went to Shipwreck Island to celebrate. This has been a tradition for some years now. It works out for two reasons: I don't feel guilty partying on 9/11 and because the park closes for the season after Labor Day, it forces us to advance our plans guilt-free.

As its a slow day at work I've had time to sit and think about a few things that I am eternally grateful for, and a few that have made me fuming mad. Birthdays are always a time of reflection aren't they, so this isn't a totally random post. Here goes my first "top ten" blog entry. Drum roll please.

10 Things I'm Eternally Grateful For on my 37th Birthday
  1. God's grace and another year with the people I adore most in this world
  2. A loving husband
  3. Two incredibly beautiful, intelligent, and healthy kids
  4. Excellent health
  5. My extended family, especially my Mom who nags encourages me to do better in everything
  6. Good friends, who no matter where they are in the world, text me during the wee hours of the morning to wish me Happy Birthday
  7. A j.o.b.
  8. Awesome co-workers, this is a rarity
  9. People, who in spite of the world around them, try to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I appreciate you and you inspire me
  10. 92 more days until vacation

10 Things That Totally Pissed Me Off Recently
  1. Petra Laszlo (that Hungarian reporter) who was caught on film kicking refugees (including children) near the Serbian border
  2. James Blake's brutal attack by NYC's finest who were going off information from an "eye witness" who falsely accused Blake of giving him a false credit card
  3. Forced apologies that don't mean shit because even though they really are, no one wants to be publically perceived as racist / prejudiced
  4. Kim Davis' jail stint comparison to Martin Luther King Jr's imprisonment, UGH!
  5. Ridiculous facebook posts, often of a political nature, that have no basis in fact, that keep getting re-shared
  6. Donald Trump, 'nuff said
  7. Bill Cosby's fall from grace
  8. Conservative America's support of Jush Duggar
  9. Lies, the big fat kind
  10. Low-fat recipes that promise to taste like the original but clearly do not
I realize this is not your typical birthday post, but that's ok since I'm not a typical girl. In fact, these are the things I reflect upon most days with a focus on the kind of world my six and seven-year old are living in and the best way I can prepare them for it. I know this may disappoint some of you, but I don't have all the answers. What I do have is a can-do attitude, a most realistic outlook on life and an aversion to sticking my head in the sand. When you know what you're dealing with, well, you can deal with it.

There will be a great many challenges my kids will face. I am trusting God that they will have the countenance to overcome them all and perhaps by their 37th birthdays, the world will indeed be a better place.

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