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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Forget the candles, just give me the cake

Today is my birthday. And I'm not afraid to say: I turn 32.

Every year, as my birthday approaches, I change into a total freak show. I put my life under the microscope and get annoyed at everything that I am not doing perfect. And I get these underaccomplishment attacks, like I'm never doing well enough. Such a drama queen. I am truly my own worst critic.

This year somehow I'm not doing that. I'm actually pretty happy. Not in a "yay! I'm going to get lots of presents!" way (though that's nice too) but in a "hey, things are pretty good" way. Sure, there is always room for improvement. I could be better looking, slimmer, richer, a home goddess, have a bigger house, blah, blah. But none of those things would guarantee me happiness, now, would they?

Yet, for years I kept thinking that in order for someone to be worth of a celebration they'd have to have done something special, valuable, important in the past year. But it's not really about that, is it? Because really, it's about what you are. And if you are loved, and if those who love you think of you as someone special, valuable and important then yes my friend, you absolutely deserve to be celebrated.

My family is all excited about celebrating my birthday. (I like to think that it's more about me and less about that killer chocolate cake we have ordered for tonight.) Before Sarah left this morning, she hugged me and said "Happy birthday mommy. I love you." and right then I felt pretty special. So bring on the cake. But leave the candles. Because as sappy as that sounds, it's true: everything I could wish for, I already have.


P.S. But if you have an in to Michael Kors and you can convince him to send me a Lattington satchel in purple I'll gracefully accept it.
P.P.S. Tell him I'll make him cupcakes. My special chocolate-coconut ones :-)

19 comments:

The Mom said...

Happy 32nd birthday! Enjoy your day!

Kelly said...

Happy birthday! And if you could send some chocolate cake, that'd be great. :)

Elisa said...

Thank you ladies!

LOL Kelly, let's make a deal: if you come visit I will totally bake you a cake! :-)

Sam said...

Happy birthday dudette! Have a goodun. 32-years-YOUNG.

xx

Shell said...

Happy birthday and have a great new year. Glad your just enjoying the day and not worrying about having a "perfect" life.

shopruche.com said...

Happy Birthday Elisa!

Mrs. Mogul said...

Happy belated birthday!! I can ask Nina Garcia to send you a Michael Kors satchel!

Elisa said...

I'll totally bake yOU and HER cupcakes!!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Happy belated birthday! Also, you previous post about Momzillas? That is one of my favorite books from this summer and I loved the story you told about your life being like that.

Always In Style said...

Happy Birthday....and I'll see what I can do with Michael, I could really use one of those cupcakes.

(Okay so I don't have an in with MK but those cupcakes sound gooooood!)

Burgh Baby said...

Happy (belated) birthday! 32 is a great age. I've still got a few months left to enjoy it, but really, it rocks.

Cindy said...

I hope you had a very happy birthday! I know all the feelings of "underaccomplishment attacks". We women expect so much of ourselves, don't we? Sorry I don't have an "in" with Michael Kors. I SO wish I did because I know he'd love the cupcakes.

Belated Birthday Wishes,

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage & Dusting in Pearls

Lisa said...

Happy belated birthday.. Hope it was a good one!

Kelly said...

i know it's late but happy birthday. i will give Big Mike a call later for you! ;)

the procrastinating girl said...

hi elisa! thanks for your post today... judging from your blog, i agree, i think we will have a lot in common... in any event, i'm glad to make my first visit here on your birthday... hope you enjoy it. on my 32nd, i had a 2-yr-old and was 9 months pregnant with my second... not exactly a killer evening :)

Mayet said...

oops! it's kinda late--but nevertheless, Happy,happy birthday to you!! I hope that you manage to get Michael Kors satchel!
Any left over cake?

Delightfully Sassy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day! Isn't the Michael Kors satchel beautiful?!

Delightfully Sassy said...

Happy Birthday! I hope your day was great.

Fifi Flowers said...

Happy Birthday!
Yum to cake! Let's us know if you get that satchel!
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