Tuesday, September 8, 2015

You're Invited to Joanne's Birthday

It's my birthday!
by Joanne Rock

I realize it might be a bit shameless to make today's blog post about me, but it's my birthday and I thought it would be fun to share my day here with you.

As a long time celebrator of birthdays, I feel like I have gotten better at them. The early ones, of course, are easy. Ideally, moms and dads make those first ten birthdays extra special for you so you don't need to work hard to have fun. I remember my mother gave me a birthday party when I turned about six or seven and I wore one of my favorite-ever dresses-- a brown, smocked, knee length dress covered with Winnie the Pooh images. It had a ribbon around the waist and I picked it out at Sears, Possibly from the "Winnie the Pooh" collection. I learned that just having a special outfit makes a birthday more fun.

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Another important birthday lesson also came during those formative years. My grandfather used to take my whole family out for my father's birthday and it was always a) fancy and b) an excuse to wear clothes like the Winnie the Pooh dress. I got to choose whatever I wanted to eat and my aunts shared with me the magic that is a Shirley Temple drink... ginger ale with a cherry. How special I felt to have a grown up beverage! I learned that a meal out is a great idea on your birthday and a special drink makes it even better.

My next significant piece of birthday wisdom was gleaned much later. I was speaking to a girlfriend about birthdays, and that year I was a bit blue I hadn't done a better job of celebrating my special day. She said, "Day? Joanne, you need a Birthday Week." Suddenly, it wasn't too late to celebrate because I was still in "my" week. I went to the florist that very day and bought myself the kind of bouquet I secretly longed for but no one knew to choose for me. I took an inordinate amount of joy seeing my all-purple arrangement and I learned a great lesson for all the rest of the years that followed. A) don't wait for anyone to make your birthday special for you when you are well-versed in what you love and B) it's never too late to spoil yourself.
A gift for YOU! 

So, as an experienced celebrator, I will make many plans with family and friends today and for the next week. And to cap off my birthday extravaganza, my husband is taking me to Disney for a quick visit and dinner out. I might even see Pooh. I know I'll definitely have a fancy drink while wearing my favorite dress.

**Have any favorite birthday memories from childhood? Share with me and I'll give one random poster a fun present suitable for YOUR special day-- a cute makeup bag, Fabulips and a pink, glittery makeup mirror to ensure birthday fabulousness at all times.


15 comments:

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Happy Birthday Joanne. My favorite birthday was my 16th. I had a pizza party and a slumber party with all of my friends. I got a yellow phone and a yellow big beanbag chair. My birthday is the end of June and many years my friends we away on vacation. We had that party early enough that everyone came.

Colleen C. said...

Happy Happy B-day!!!! My fav b-day of all time was when I was turning 11. My family, including my grandparents went on our very first cruise together... part of the trip also included Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center... it was an amazing trip... one with such wonderful memories!

dstoutholcomb said...

my 3rd birthday was preceded by my younger brother's birth. My mom tried to make it special. I received my first Barbie and Ken dolls.

Denise

dstoutholcomb said...

ps. Happy Birthday!

Joanne Rock said...

Tammy, our experience of getting a new phone was so different than our kids!! I thought it was the coolest when I got a phone for my room. Your sixteenth sounds perfect ;-).

Joanne Rock said...

Colleen, what a great family to put the focus so firmly on things the younger set would enjoy. My husband and I always thought some of our best spent funds went toward family vacations that made those important memories. For them AND us!

Donna said...

Happy birthday! I was the youngest girl of 4 children so any day that I was star, was special.

bn100 said...

Happy birthday! Spending them with family and friends

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Natalija said...

Happy Belated Birthday! We didn't have much money growing up, but we tried to make the best of it. The best gifts I ever received were handmade, and I kind of miss that now that I'm older.

Again, Happy Birthday week!

Julia BookReader said...

Happy B-Birthday!! Well, I have so many, but my favorite one is when I had a joined party with one of my older brothers and it was AMAZING!! I wanted to get married with all of his friends (I was 4 years old) Thanks for the chance!!

Anita H said...

Happy belated birthday to my birthday twin! How awesome to find someone who shares my special day! Thanks for sharing all your birthday memories with us. My favorite one was when I turned 8, my family had a party at McDonalds. Let's just say for the 8 year old me that was super special and fun! Hope you had a spectacular day (and enjoy the rest of the week, cause we all deserve a special week just for us!) :D

Joanne Rock said...

Happy Birthday to you too, Anita!!! So glad to share the day with you :-). And Julia, your note made me smile. Of course you were in love with all your brother's friends at 4! That's a fun part of being four.

penney said...

Happy birthday! My favorite was my 14th Mom took me into town and when we got back home the padio was full of balloons and there were some of our friends and family there and when I walk over Mom said turn around and here was my brother he was home for awhile from the army that was the best b-day present of all.
Penney

Joanne Rock said...

Congratulations, Penney, you're the prize winner!! All you need to do is email me at jrock008@gmail.com and I'll get your prize out in the mail asap! Thank you all so much for taking time to visit with me during my birthday celebrations!!!

penney said...

Thank you Joanne! I'm sending my info to you now,
Thanks Penney

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