March 21, 2013

26

Today is my 26th birthday. 
I'm now the same age my mother was when she had me. A difficult concept to wrap my mind around.

So much of our birthdays are spent being recognized by others. Cards, gifts, phone calls from old friends and far-away family. I usually end the day feeling very loved and celebrated. 

I can't help but think though, shouldn't our mothers get the same recognition? They gave birth to us, after all. Twenty-six years ago today my parents left for the hospital -- frantic, excited and I'm guessing slightly terrified. 

I picture my mom holding me and wondering what I would become... Who would I take after? What did life have in store for me? From my very first breath, she's been a constant source of strength. My guide to life.

For me, today is more of an anniversary. The 26th anniversary of the day my mother became a mom of two. The 17th anniversary of when she took me and my best girlfriends to have a sleepover party in a hotel, bless her. The 10th anniversary of when she threw my surprise sweet 16 party.

It's a date that marks all of the times that my mom stayed up late baking and decorating the ultimate birthday cake. It's a reminder of all the parties she planned and goodie bags she filled.

She's responsible for so many of the positive feelings that surround my birthday. I'm sure for her though, March 21st was often approached with apprehension, "I can't believe she's going to be 5, 10, 18..."

When I think about celebrating the day of my birth, it's my mother that comes to mind;
twenty-six and anxious to meet her baby girl.

13 comments:

  1. LOVE this post! It is very very true.

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  2. this is precious... happy birthday and may you AND your mom feel extra loved today!

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  3. This is so sweet, and not what you typically think about on Birthdays. I love this perspective. Happy 26th!!!

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  4. Happy birthday! I love the picture!

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  5. This is so sweet Brhea, just like you!
    I remember this day (26 years ago) was going to be the day that I finally got to meet the beautiful baby that was a heartbeat to me in the doctor's office for the previous nine months.I had no idea if you were a little boy or girl, but just prayed for a healthy one. When I saw this beautiful 10lb 2oz prefect little girl, I knew my prayers were answered. You've been a great light in our lives. Happy Birthday. I love you, Mom

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  6. What a sweet posting! Happy Birthday to you-- I am grateful to have you as a friend :)

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  7. Such a great thought! Happy (belated) birthday!

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  8. Happy Birthday! This post was so so so sweet! :)

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