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Today, we celebrated my daughter's 24th birthday. Last year, she was in Berkeley for her birthday and I forgot to wish her when I called her in the morning, until she reminded me! This year, she's here in person and I remembered to wish her! :D
I had suggested going out for Italian or Japanese food for a birthday lunch. She chose the Italian food, but she asked if we could pick it up and bring it home to eat, instead. So, that's what we did. She was amused to realize that she made a better tasting Zuppa Toscana than what she ordered from the restaurant!
Later in the afternoon, we went to the tax preparer's office to get her taxes done. I took along my papers, too, and dropped them off. I will go later, to have my taxes done.
On the way home, we stopped at our favorite ice cream shop and I bought her an ice cream cake, since I didn't bake a birthday cake for her, this year. I put only one candle on it though, but sang Happy Birthday to her; she made her wish, blew out the candle, and we shared a slice of ice cream cake. Daughter was happy because she likes ice cream cake.
We reminisced about some of her previous birthday celebrations and, of course, there was the annual re-telling of how I drove myself to the hospital to have her! LOL. I had gone, with my mother, for a regular check-up at the clinic and they urged me to go to the hospital right away, so, since my mother didn't drive, I drove myself! My mother was probably praying the whole time, but I was laughing as I had predicted I'd end up driving myself to the hospital! (My mother had been compiling a list of people who could possibly drive me to the hospital and I had told her not to worry, when the time came, I'd drive myself!)
My daughter was not due till mid-April, so the doctors at the hospital gave me medicines to delay the birth. After several days at the hospital, they decided it would be OK for me to go home at noon on a Monday. Just before I was discharged, they decided to do one last ultrasound and I was immediately taken to the delivery section! My daughter was delivered by an emergency Cesarean operation on Tuesday morning. She was early, but she was healthy. She has been the biggest blessing in my life.
Today, I am grateful for:
- My daughter!
- Being alive to celebrate this birthday with her!
- Memories and a tale to tell!
- My mother being with me through it all at the time.
- A lovely day spent with my daughter.
How was your day? How do you celebrate birthdays in your family?