Monday, July 02, 2007
The Big 3-0!
Today is my 30th Birthday! I’m not normally into celebrating my own birthday, but 30 years seems like some kind of milestone. Three decades…just under a third of a century…and I feel a mid-life crisis coming on soon. I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but “I’m becoming an ancient artifact!” I have the grey hairs to prove it! Pretty soon I’ll be saying things like, “When I was your age…” and “Respect your elders!”
Well, I suppose you’re wondering how I celebrated such a landmark event in my life. Being in Malava, my choices were quite limited. No pool party. No fireworks display. No cardboard cone hats. I celebrated by having a quiet dinner with the Sisters. Just another testament to my old age…
Yesterday I celebrated a day early with Sister Catherine, Sister Phyllis, Sister Nekesa, Sister Beatrice, Sister Jumoke, Postulant Lucy, and Postulant Caroline. We ate salad, beef stew, and chapati (flatbread). Then, for dessert we had a chocolate cake with four flickering candles on it in the shape of a “T,” for Tim…or was it a cross? Anyway, we sang the traditional birthday song, I made a wish, we ate the cake, and then I had to get home early before any would-be bandits could rob me.
Today is my actual birthday. I ate dinner with Father Josaphat and now I am in the house with only a piece of bread and a single candle to make a wish. However, I have received many gifts, just in time, from my family and friends back home that couldn't take "no" for an answer. Thanks a lot for that.
Thank you Mom and Dad for the card, the candy, the ketchup, and the mustard. Thank you Ed and Kerre for the candy and the update. I will enjoy it all thoroughly.
It seems like a pretty unexciting way to spend my “coming of old age,” but seriously, it was a nice couple of days spent with friends and their generous gifts and I enjoyed it very much.
Thank you Grandma and Aunt Elaine for the birthday cards. Thank you and Aunt Jan and Uncle Walt for the card, the chocolate covered pretzels, and especially the Pistons T-shirt.
Posted by tim at 12:20 AM