We have a running joke in our house when it comes to birthdays.
Instead of just one day for your birthday, instead, you get a whole week, which by the end of the month has actually become a whole birthday month.
During birthday month the person with the birthday usually to tries their best to get the other people in our family to buy them gifts or to do things with them that we normally wouldn’t ask for or do.
For instance, when it’s my birthday week I know that it’s a given that my husband will take me out to dinner on the big day, BUT for the whole week I usually try my best to get out of cooking and every chance I get I will drop hints like, “have you seen the new birthday pancakes at Ihop” Or, “wow you sure can smell the Mexican restaurant down the street today!” I also throw in the fact that many of the restaurant’s reward clubs I belong to have sent us coupons for free birthday meals and somebody has to use them so it may as well be us 😀
Even though I truly don’t expect my husband to have to take me out to eat all week, A girls still gotta try, right?
And try try try I have because guess what October is for me?
October my Birthday month!
This is how Birthday month went down for me this year….
First, my husband gave me a new fitness tracker that I have been really, really REALLY wanting, AND I managed to talk him into letting me have it about 3 weeks early. And then fast forward to Birthday week in which I managed to talk him into taking me to Ihop for free pancakes, we tried out a new Mexican restaurant that some friends suggested, We went to 54th Street Bar & Grill & Dairy Queen on my actual birthday, and then two days after my birthday, we went to another Mexican restaurant which just moved in at the end of our street. We also went on a ton of walks, Sunday drives, and shopping.
As I write this I realize how spoiled I am because even if it weren’t my birthday month he would still do all that stuff with me. Thankfully we don’t do all of that eating on a regular basis or we’d both weight 5000 pounds!
Now fast forward to a little bit ago…
Last night I was writing letters to the kids I sponsor through Compassion. As I was answering the questions one of them had asked I realized that one of the questions was – When is my birthday month?. The cool thing about that question is that the child who asked it just so happens to have her birthday in October too and it was really kind of cool to tell her that we share the same Birthday month.
As I was writing her letter I began wondering how she had spent her birthday. I started to write the question asking her if she had done anything special for her birthday but then I stopped. I stopped because I wasn’t sure if that were an appropriate question to ask because she lives in extreme poverty. The more I thought about the question the more I realized that she most likely doesn’t eat dinner out or get extravagant gifts for her birthday like I do.
As a sponsor, I am always offered the opportunity to send a donation towards a birthday gift for her and several times when I have done this I’ve received pictures back of what she bought with the money. What I’ve noticed is this – Every time she used her birthday money to buy practical gifts such as clothing or cooking supplies such as flour or sugar. While those are good gifts, and she seems to be very excited to get those things I know they would not be my first choice of how to spend my own birthday money. I realized now that her birthday and my birthday are probably very different.
I ended up never asking the question about her special day, but I did tell her how special she is and that God made her special by creating her on her birthday day. I also wished her a Happy Birthday.
I think birthdays should be special for everyone, but especially for children.
I know my birthday was
a little very extravagant, but the truth is even if I’d never gone out to eat dinner or received a gift it would have still been a great birthday. It’s not about the eating or the gifts, it’s just knowing that people love me so much that they took the time from their own days to wish me a happy birthday, or to just hang out with me. Those are the things that really make birthdays special for me.
How about you? What makes your birthday special for you?
How do you like to make birthdays special for the people you love?
Today is the last day of my birthday month and in honor of birthdays of everyone everywhere, I’d like to try to squeeze in just one more gift. But this time the gift is not for me. This gift will be a special birthday opportunity for a child who may not normally have a special birthday. If you follow the link below you will go to Compassion International’s child sponsorship page. On that page you can use the birthday search filter to choose a child that has a birthday coming up, or if you’d like you can even choose a child who shares the same birthday as you. when you sponsor a child he or she will receive the news just in time for their birthday that they have been sponsored by YOU!
Wouldn’t that be an amazing birthday gift for that child to receive?!
If you’d like give the gift of sponsorship to a child for their birthday just click this picture and it will take you to Compassion Internationa’s website. If you are unsure or just want more information this link will take you to that too.