Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren chose the topic of “Birthday Blasts.”
Lauren would like us to think back to the birthdays we remember. Here are her questions.
1) What’s your earliest birthday memory?
Sadly, I don’t remember virtually any of my birthdays when I was a kid.
2) What was your favorite birthday and why?
See my answer above.￼
3) What’s the best birthday present you have ever received?
For my 60th birthday my wife got us GoldLeaf tickets on the Rocky Mountaineer, a beautifully scenic train excursion from Vancouver to Banff. It was spectacular.
4) Did you ever get money as a birthday gift?
I’m sure I did.
5) What did you like to do on your birthday as a kid? What do you like to do now?
I suppose it was having friends over, playing games, eating cake and ice cream, and opening presents. That’s what I like to do now, too.
6) Did you have birthday parties with friends or family parties?
7) Did you get to pick the food for your birthday? Did you prefer to eat a home cooked meal or to eat out at a restaurant on your birthday?
I think — and I emphasize think because I don’t have clear recollections — that my parties probably had take out food like pizzas or other fast foods.
8) Did your family have any fun birthday traditions? Did you continue those traditions with your own kids?
I don’t recall any specific traditions in my youth, but my wife and I always made big deals with our kids birthdays and their parties. And I have the video tapes to prove it.
9) Did you ever get to take the day off school on your birthday? As an adult did/do you take the day off?
Not that I recall.
10) Have you ever had a surprise birthday party? Was it a real surprise, or did you know it was coming?
Yes, for my 30th birthday, some of the people I worked with threw me a surprise party and, yes, I was very surprised. And the most notable birthday present of the night was a gag gift…an inflatable sex doll. I was still single at the time.
If you had a million dollars to spend only on your next birthday, what would you do?
I’d buy myself a gift. One million dollars deposited into an account that, upon my death, would be bequeathed to my wife, if she survives me, and to my children and grandchildren.