Another Birthday, Any ‘Ol Day?

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 Normally, I make a big deal out of my birthday. I love celebrating! Even when I was little and my family was just my Mom and little brother and me, we still made a big “whoo ha ha” over our birthdays. Mom would bake a cake, buy balloons and gifts for us. We would have a great dinner and celebrate the whole day. I loved it.  

Even when we grew up and moved away, Mom would still buy gifts for us and we would celebrate that way but I would get myself balloons and fill the apartment with them! I sometimes bought my own birthday cake with the sentiment on top. The people at the grocery store must have thought I was crazy buying a birthday cake for myself with “Happy Birthday Kim” on it! I didn’t care. I was single at the time and I wanted to celebrate my birthday even if all alone.  

The times have certainly changed and all my 50+ birthdays I still made a big deal of it…until this year.  

Somehow with all that’s going on in the world, “my day” seems inconsequential. I didn’t make mention of the day even when I announced I was taking a week off from my day job. I almost felt guilty even mentioning it to people. Still, I’m happy to be alive to see another birthday, blessed that I’m here.  

And, blessed that I go so many Facebook birthday messages, texts, videos, emails and even actual gifts! So, though I didn’t make a big deal this year, others did.  

It reminds of the scripture that God will exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6) and He’ll even use other people to lift you up.  

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You don’t have to say anything and a lot of times, others will speak for you and even if not, no big deal. God knows who we are and that matters most.   And how special is it when others take the liberty to send birthday presents, wishes, cards and such without me saying anything!

Of course I know there are apps that put out reminders but just because it does doesn’t mean people will respond to it. And, to go the extra mile by sending a card, a happy birthday video or a gift in the mail makes me extra special.  

So, though there’s so much chaos around, I still can take a short break from it and enjoy “my day.

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.