On Friday March 6, 1981, D and P became first time parents. It was a blustery, cold, wet Nebraska spring day. P was ten (10) days past her initial due date with me. On the way to the hospital they stopped to check water for the cows and a little after 12 noon I entered the world.
My folks were so excited to have a healthy baby girl with 10 toes and 10 fingers. I can only imagine Mom’s relief to not be pregnant anymore!
Early elementary school birthdays were spent roller skating. The entire class was invited and the roller rink was taken over by excited 6,7,8 year old kids. It was fun, no mater how many times we fell and had our fingers rolled over before we re-gained our skating balance.
As we got older birthdays were celebrated with Pizza and Ice cream cake from Dairy Queen! It was a real treat for our family and Grandma. Ice cream cake remained a special occasion’s tradition until I left for college.
In High School Dad let me play hooky on my birthday! He tried to move cows home from cornstalks on my day so I could help. It was always fun to participate with cattle work and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors. On occasion I got to ride a horse!
Married life birthdays are celebrated with J and his family. We ranch with J’s folks and we are calving. I always get a homemade card from J made from construction paper. He is very creative, but don’t tell him you heard that from me.
I am always excited for my birthdays to roll around and do not dread getting older. I am not fond of the gray hair and achy muscles, but I will manage. I reflect on the past year and think about how much I have learned and grown as a person. How much will I positively change and mature in the year to come?
Good bye 20’s and hello to the big 3-0!