Monday, July 16, 2007

Happy Birthday to . . . oh . . . Somebody

Today I made myself obnoxious. I said to my favourite customers, "It's my birthday!" at random, because it is, and I could, and plus, no one else was telling them. I would have liked my colleagues to have slipped everybody a secret memo while I was off this weekend, celebrating my birthday before the fact, so that everyone would have wished me a happy birthday this morning. Well, I mean, I did get up at 3.45 for them all. I don't think they would begrudge me a tiny little birthday wish.

But my colleagues clearly hadn't thought this far ahead, so I had to announce it to everyone myself. Natasha-the-Mother-of-Three said, "Happy birthday! But if you're going to announce your birthday, you also have to announce your age." She was pretty insistent on this point, so at last I did, but not as loudly. One of the Three apparently exclaimed to her afterwards, "Wow! I thought she was 21!" Which was gratifying, if a little lacking in discernment.

Manager-Hillarie helped get the news out a little later by buying me a cookie-cake (as she does for people who are getting older in our store--which would be everybody), putting candles on it, and singing loudly to me in front of all assembled. After I punched out for the day, I sat at the bar for 20 minutes, eating frosted, half-baked cookie and reading the leftover Sunday comics. I could tell that I hadn't read any in a while because they all actually seemed funny.

My friend Brooks, who is considerably younger than I and also male, so one wouldn't necessarily expect him to remember things like this (sorry, but one wouldn't), gave me a mix CD yesterday. Plus another CD on which he features. And I had a nice chat on the phone with my long-distance parents. I will be talking to my brother and sister-in-law on the phone, too, in about two hours, and some time after that getting a glass of something not-joe with Cupppajojo who comments on here from time to time. Tomorrow I have the day off.

Also, it's really sunny outside and I'm about to go for a walk.

It really is a happy birthday.

10 comments:

A Musing Mom said...

Many happy returns of the day to you! And blessings in the year to come.
: ) AMM

Craver Vii said...

Aaaaaalllrrrrighty Thennn!!!
(singing)
Happy birthday to you...
(skipping to the end)
Happy birthdaaaaay, dear Je-ennnn,
Haaaaaapy birthdaaaay
toooooooooo (deep breath)
youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Sorry. (heh-heh) I'll stop. Anyhoo, I'm hoping the aforementioned terrific person has a terrific day.

Scott said...

happy birthday. a day closer to eternity when age does not matter. the higher the number, the more prasising that goes on. peace, scott

Jenn said...

AMM--thanks!

Craver--I knew you wouldn't let me down. Or something. Thanks for the delightful rendition of an old classic.

Scott--that's an interesting way to look at it. And true, too.

Anonymous said...

Hey friend! Happy Birthday! I was just thinking the other day that your birthday was in July, but I had forgotten the exact day. Sorry! I'm glad I checked your blog and I'm glad you weren't shy about announcing it. Have a great month, year, etc! Love, Karen

Barry Pike said...

Happy Belated Birthday.

Stacey said...

Oh, Jenn. I missed it. I'm so sorry - so a very, very, very, very, very happy birthday month!! Birthdays are best if celebrated for the entire month I think.

Hope it was the best day ever.

Jenn said...

Karen--how nice of you to stop by! (And say something . . .)

Barry--thanks!

Stacey--well, I don't know about EVER, but it was a pretty good day.

Mark Goodyear said...

Well, happy belated birthday, Jenn!

jasdye said...

happy belated.

sorry been a bit busy this week.

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