My Birthday Wish

Friday, June 11, 2021

When you're almost 40 and you're running a household with 3 children at different life stages (1 teen, 1 preteen and 1 toddler, all GIRLS!), your own birthday is nothing more than a day to break from the daily routine. So instead of the usual 7-hour work, I took a half rec leave - to run errands and then treat the family out.

I'm not complaining. In fact, the mere messages of family, friends and friends of friends who greeted me on Facebook were more than enough to make me happy - I'm very easy to please. But yesterday was filled with surprises and I can't say thank you enough to everyone and most especially to God, for making my day a happy one.

First of all, I woke up to see my husband's gift right on top of my office desk. Although I knew what's inside (they're specific requests so this one wasn't a surprise haha), I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. It was distracting me while I got ready to go to office hehehe.

Mommy book and bluetooth earphones (for audio books and podcasts)

Then, at work, my boss brought a box of Krispy Kreme donuts for the team. We usually don't bring food on team meetings so it felt a bit festive to have some sweets while discussing. 😊

After the meeting, I went to lunch with 2 of my closest friends at work. Both of them had surprised me with gifts too. 

My lovely friends 💗

When you're old, you get to understand that people's time are valuable and so the mere fact that they spent time to have lunch with me was more than enough to make me gratified. But to have surprised me was just beyond what I prayed for. Thanks be to God to be blessed with such good friends in my life.

Then I received greetings from sis Karen and a photo of ube cake she baked (my favourite ube cake!) and a chocolate bouquet. She hand delivered the gifts at home and I just couldn't wait to see them in person.

She has always been sweet like that, which is admirable considering that we have the same birthdays. Of course, I have something for her too, but the day just went crazy yesterday that I wasn't able to drop the gift off to her house.

As I have said, I didn't really plan to make this day special. In fact, after lunch with my friends, I rushed to meet my husband (and our baby tagging along) at Blacktown, so I could organise Daisy's enrolment for High School.

After the enrolment, we took the opportunity to run some more errands (buy food stock, canvas for carseat upgrade, etc) while we waited for the girls to finish school. When the girls arrived, they were both hungry and tired so we had to get them some snacks while we did more groceries and finally took them to dinner - the only part that's related to my birthday celebration hahaha.

By the time we're finished, it was 7:30pm. As usual, it was a day packed with errands and running after Darla. 😄 Duties never end when you're an adult 😂 but it was a good kind of busy day. A contented kind of tired.

I looked at the messages from various people, the gifts before me, the memories of this day filled with blessings and lingered on to the good feelings inside. 

When you're almost 40, and a parent, and working and busy, birthdays are the perfect time to stop a few minutes, catch your breath, and remind yourself that if you have food on the table, a few people who care, a job you can keep, your family and loved ones are kept well/safe and just enough money to live by, then you are already blessed beyond words.

lAll I can say is thanks be to God for another year of witnessing His love and care. I've had more than enough share of happiness for my birthday today, I don't think I'd want anything else for myself anymore.

And so, as I blow out the proverbial candle on my cake, my wish goes out to everyone else out there - those who are in pain, those who are suffering, those who are in need, those who are in sorrow. Whatever it is they wish for in their heart, then that is my also my birthday wish.

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