I have been marveling this evening about just why this birthday has stood out as being one of my best ever and it’s hard to pinpoint; there seem to be many reasons.
For those of you who don’t know us, my husband Matt and I share a birthday. Our first date was actually on our birthday, when we went out with college friends to take advantage of a “free birthday dinner” promotion at Denny’s 14 years ago. I recall the exact shade of green in Matt’s face after he ate an enormous dinner despite the fact that he’d already had a fair amount of cake in his dorm room earlier. He actually had to go outside for fresh air. I can’t say that I was impressed by this per se, but then again he was only 20. Such things are to be expected during those years, particularly when free food is on offer. I gladly went out with him again but we steered clear of Denny’s – which, for some reason, discontinued that promotion. Wonder why.
Part of what was remarkable to me today was that all these years later, there was a strong emphasis on fun. Our gifts were media-related and very much humor-related. For example, we have recently gotten hooked on the show “Arrested Development” and are tearing our way through each season on Netflix. Thanks to Matt, I now own the complete series on DVD – there are very few things I could watch over and over but this is one of them. We also now own both seasons of “The Ali G Show” and – get this! – a 14-hour audio collection of David Sedaris reading from *all* of his books, thanks to my in-laws. I could just die and go to heaven right now. The strange part is, Matt and I have absolutely no history of watching TV. For most of our years together, the TV has either been off or in a closet. We still don’t have cable and don’t intend to get it. But something about this cold winter in a new city has brought us to the couch with a big warm blanket in the evenings, and we’ve had such great times laughing together over these shows, and find ourselves giggling about them at odd times during the day, too. So it’s very unexpected but a whole lot of fun to have this influx of comedy all of a sudden. And it’s a good reminder to stay open to change.
It was heavenly, that’s all I can say.