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Happy Birthday to Me?

I am currently sitting on my couch, trying to recuperate from a 10 hour day at the Canadian National Exhibition. I’m also watching the clock change to midnight, making me 21.

The Ex used to be a long standing birthday tradition for me in my family. Every year, no matter what, we would spend the day there on my birthday or the day before or after. When I say “no matter what,” I mean that. I had to spend some of those trips in in a wheelchair because I was still sick with Crohn’s. It didn’t matter, though; I had to go.

Over the past few years, however, that tradition’s been slacking. Birthday’s in general, really, have become increasingly less important to me. I stopped going to the Ex. This was a great change, and I had a great day thanks to my Uncle, brother, and cousins, but really, I’m not very excited to be 21 today… Maybe it’s because I’m getting old?

According to the “guess your age” guy at the Ex, I’m 34.

I do always say I’m a 35 year old at heart, so it was close…

Anyways, birthday’s really haven’t meant much to me, especially after last year… with the whole dad thing… So yeah. I don’t really know what to say.

Well…My mom thinks it’s a big deal.

So “Happy-I’m-21” to my mom. Love you and thanks for giving birth to me etc etc  <3

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Jessica Grossman
  • Samantha
    Posted at 08:57h, 03 September

    My 21st is in 5 days, and this is the first birthday I have been excited about for a loooong time! I was diagnosed with crohn's a week after my 20th birthday, and had been suffering for years before that. But this year, my ileostomy has taken away the pain and I can celebrate!
    I really hope something brings a smile to your face today! xo

  • The Sinful Sot
    Posted at 10:55h, 03 September

    Birthdays are overrated. I've got "The Big Four Oh" coming up and i could give the proverbial crap.

  • Randi
    Posted at 17:31h, 03 September

    Hey Jess!

    It is a big deal….for mom's at least. I have a son and a daughter and their birthdays are more exciting than my own…..especially since it took so darn long with all the meds, bedrest, fertility drugs, etc. My son will be 21 this year and my daughter 18. I celebrate every day. You have had a rough year but G-d willing, it will get better. This is the beginning of a great time for reflection ( something tells me you don't need a special time for that) Regardless, enjoy! Be 35 if you want, because at 50 you can be 35 again. Happy Birthday! And many more, happy, HEALTHY and prosperous one!