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Beautiful Insanity..... Who is to blame?

It is not the "hoopla" or the birthday gifts or cake, (that seem to wane as you get older and become a mother) that I love about my birthday... It is just ---something.

    It’s my birthday today. I have always been teased about how much I love my birthday. It is actually quite silly. It is not the "hoopla" or the birthday gifts or cake, (that seem to wane as you get older and become a mother) that I love about my birthday.

                         It is just ---something.

   I know that the night before each of my own children's birthdays are tender moments for me. Two old friends, Nostalgia and Reverie, find me each year and grab hold of my heart. Birthdays fill me with a quiet sadness about life. Birthdays serve as a reminder that life marches forward -- and sometimes it feels like it is sprinting. I am also reminded that each beautiful year will be filled with both new adventures and difficult challenges.

    I think of how amazing it was to have been able to create and grow these little munchkins. Raising four children is one of the most rewarding and most difficult things my husband and I have ever attempted to do! Funny thing is, right now -- for my children - growing will be the most rewarding and toughest thing that they will have to do! (My mouth to God's ears.)

    Anyways,  I would like to think that the universe knows it is my birthday.  That secretly the winds whispered my name to the birds -- who just so happened to share their melodious celebratory happy birthday song with me as I awoke this morning. I would like to believe that the good Lord sends celestial blessings to surround me today with joy and laughter – a reward for having embraced another year on this journey I am on. I picture shooting stars gliding over my parent's home tonight (just prior to midnight) to signify that all is well and as it should be. Ridiculous, isn't it?

I must blame my parents. It is all their fault that I have this insane perception. A belief that I was so uniquely amazing that magic happens each year on my birthday… ;)

Crazy -- Really.

Maybe, I too will be accused of such things one day. My birthday wish this year is a hope that I can pass this beautiful insanity on to my own….. 

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Marc May 09, 2011 at 05:24 PM
My wife is fantastic. She deserves every tweet and whistle from the birds and every sparkle from the shooting stars! Happy Birthday. M
kara gibbons May 09, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I know the robins are singing happy birthday to you loud and clear! I love how you can feel every part of this article. Thank you for waking my senses today. Your passion for writing is beautiful.
Kate May 09, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I am certain that your wish will come true... what better legacy for your family than a true love of life and complete embracing and celebrating the roller coaster ride every year!! Happy Birthday!! ;)
Julie Fay May 09, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Beautiful writing. :)
Cindy Leblanc May 10, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I saw the hummingbird at my feeder tonight...now I will think of you and your birthday wish! Happy Birthday Annmarie...You are a very special Mom and person who deserves a wish on a shooting star!
Annemarie Holloway May 10, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Bittersweet birthdays are... we know only too well my friend!
Annemarie Holloway May 10, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Happy Birthday to you my Sister! Roller Coaster it is! One crazy ride!
Annemarie Holloway May 10, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Thank you Julie... Your my inspiration..
Annemarie Holloway May 10, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Thank you Ms. Cindy! We can cry and eat cake together!! Let's just hope these kiddos remember .. and pass on the LOVE...
Nancy Kaeser May 10, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Happy Birthday! Your writing is just like you - beautiful and sweet, full of hope and happiness, and love. God bless you and your family!
Lloyd & Anne Marie Barber May 10, 2011 at 09:33 PM
What a beautiful article!! You are right. The birds were singing for you. Love ya, Mom & Daad
Laura May 11, 2011 at 02:31 AM
I still believe in the rubber bank stopper Ree!! I believe, No - I KNOW you will pass this magic on, as you already have to me! I love you. LJ
Annemarie Holloway May 11, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Thanks guys... It is a tribute.. to you.....:)
Annemarie Holloway May 11, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Thank you for your kind words Nancy... Blessings right back!
Annemarie Holloway May 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
You were the "BEST" audience.. I love being a magician for you.. sometimes wish I still could be!! Love you too...Hope you enjoyed the post! xo

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