Growing up, I was never the type of kid who had elaborate birthday parties. The only times I celebrated my birthday with a lot of people other than my family were on my 1st, 7th, 14th (joint celebration with Kevin’s 8th), 18th, and last year’s. All of them except that of last year were observed in accordance to Filipino tradition. Every birthday in between was spent attending a thanksgiving mass and celebrating over a simple lunch or dinner gathering with the family. This year was no exception.
Last year’s celebration was one for the books. It was the first time I spent my birthday with Roan since we got together in 2009. My family and very close friends organized a surprise post-birthday slash bridal shower for me to honor my last birthday as a single woman. Man, we had so much fun!
If I’m being honest, it still hasn’t occurred to me that I turned a year older. I mean whenever I’m asked about my age, there’s always that two-second pause to think of the appropriate response. (Really, Jae, just how difficult is it to remember?)
Thanksgiving came a little too early on this side of the blogosphere because my birthday entails a lot of things to be thankful for. I thought that a Grateful Heart link-up is in order now that my birthday weekend is over. I would like to THANK the following people:
- It’s Showtime family. Seriously, guys. I had no intention of broadcasting my birthday on Twitter, but did so upon hearing my name on live television. Apparently, Mom and Kevin secretly liaised with our new-found friend (a senior scriptwriter from the show) to have the hosts greet me on air. I thought it was so cool!
- Family and friends. My phone literally exploded with birthday greetings from family and friends from around the world. Thanks for remembering, guys! Also, a shoutout to Kevin who left a surprise birthday card on my bed. A simple gesture that really made my heart swell. The ‘Sweetest Brother Award’ goes out to you. Haha! Thanks, kid!
- God. For adding another year full of blessings to my life. No further explanation necessary.
I had a reflection in the early morning of my birthday, and realized that this year is going to be different in so many levels. First, it’s my first birthday as a married woman, and that’s saying something. It’s also my last spent with the family before I move across continents if not by the end of the year, by early next year. A lot of things is and will continue to change in the coming months, and I feel equal parts overwhelmed and scared.
Here’s to wishing that in spite of whatever life gives me—favorable or not—I will remain grateful and humbled.