Birthdays Through The Years

As happens around this time each year, today is my birthday.

And while thinking of what to post about today, I’ve been remembering special birthdays of mine through the years.

During my childhood, there weren’t elaborate parties…usually just a cake (made by Mom) and ice cream with family.

One year, a school friend was invited to join us, and she gave me a bottle of lilac scented bubble bath.  Now, the bubble bath was nice, but what was really special was that bottle.  It was just a plastic bottle, roundish on the bottom, but the neck was really long.  This was around the time that my niece and I loved watching “I Dream Of Jeannie” on tv. And through our world of make believe, that empty bubble bath bottle became our “Jeannie bottle”.

The next special birthday was the year I turned eighteen. That year, I received the best present EVER: I graduated from high school ON my eighteenth birthday.  As someone who hated school, I was one happy girl that day.

Junior year pic; I didn’t care for the senior one

My twenty-first birthday was spent at the beach at the Outer Banks.  And I thought my mom would probably like to talk to me on my birthday. Those were the days before cell phones, so I went to a nearby phone booth and called to talk to her.

Not a picture from that trip, but the same era

A few years later, on my birthday just twelve days before Marshall was born, I was having complications with the pregnancy, so I celebrated that one in the hospital. No problem at all: my sole purpose in life at that point was doing whatever was necessary to get him here safely.

Eleven days after that birthday spent in the hospital, and just hours before Marshall arrived

The birthdays since have been spent in various ways…. low-key and celebrating with family and friends.  Motor Man usually treats me to a special outing around the time of my birthday.

A few years ago, when he asked what I’d like to do, I suggested taking a wild horse tour.  At that time, we didn’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, so we booked a private tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It was so educational and fun: we were hooked. This little one soon joined his mom who had strolled down that path to the left.

Three years ago, we went parasailing in the Outer Banks (wait, that was on HIS list, not mine).

Two years ago, we went for a steam engine ride with special friends Bev and Bill and Pam and Dave.

And, last year, Motor Man took me to meet April, the giraffe.

This year, we don’t have any trips planned.  Yesterday we went to the Outer Banks to see “my” horses , and I’ll share more about that on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, today, I’m celebrating with my two guys, and the coming days will be more gatherings with friends. I am so blessed to have a loving family and special friends in my life.

As I’ve said before, I believe the older you get, the longer birthdays should last.

~These Days Of Mine~



14 responses to “Birthdays Through The Years

  1. Happy happy birthday 🎂

  2. Happy birthday, my friend. You deserve the best birthday ever. I loved looking back at all of your special memories and how wonderful that you have such great memories and pictures to share from them as well. Have a fabulous day!

  3. Happy Birthday on your Special Day! Lots of LOVE ‘beamed’ your way.

  4. Hope it’s a super special day in every way. Birthdays are great days for reflecting BACK and looking FORWARD. I don’t necessarily look forward to my birthdays any more at my age but I do enjoy appreciating that I’m still here! 🙂

    Birthday Hugs, Pam

  5. Happy Birthday Diane. I’m sure Motor Man has a special surprise for you today. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Betty Louwsma

    Happy Birthday Dianna!

  7. A very happy birthday wish from Guernsey (I’m in London Stansted Airport awaiting my flight back there). And may your whole year be blessed.

  8. Happy birthday Dianna!

  9. Maybe a birthday celebration shouldn’t just be stretched out over several days… but over all the years, as well …
    This is proof that it’s a great way to do it !!

    Happy Birthday !!! Great post ! ; )

  10. Totally agree with Marshall … birthdays must be celebrated ALL year!! Happy and Blessed birthday!!!!

  11. oh my gosh, what a wonderful treat you’ve shared on YOUR birthday!!! Happy Birthday!!! All very special photos, and I love the one with April.. just the sheer joy! I’m just grateful you let us take a peek into your lives, the horses, kitties, yard critters, gardening, family, friends, adventures, outings… thank you!! ❤

  12. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Happy & Blessed Birthday, my friend and thanks for sharing this great blog on YOUR DAY. ❤

  13. I so agree. I no longer have birthdays but birth months as I celebrate all month. Happy Birthday!!

  14. I hope your birthday was just as special as you are, my sweet friend! ❤ I loved your post! So fun to see the photos of you and hear about your birthday celebrations. I think when you get to be our age, you should celebrate birthdays all week long not just for a day. So enjoy the week!

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