Posted by: Kathy | May 23, 2010

Birthday Wishes

It’s common practice on birthdays for someone to make a wish and blow out candles on a cake. I’ve been told many times that this wish should not be shared with anyone if you want it to come true. Over the past 40+ years I’ve made many birthday wishes, never shared them with anyone, but they didn’t come true. I’ve never thought much about the wishes I’ve made, whether they’ve been a simple wish or something deeper within my heart. But it seems that birthday wishes are just for fun. I’ve never known of one that’s come true. Although I have to admit that if one of the birthday wishes I made over the past 3 years came true, it would be considered a miracle.

I officially celebrated my birthday this past Friday. It was the second birthday I celebrated without my mom. If I could blow out my candles and have any wish come true, it would be to have my mom with us again – healthy and full of life. Unfortunately, that is truly just a wish. I think back to the last birthday I celebrated with my mom. I don’t remember what we did, most likely we had dinner at my parents’ house. I know I was scared that it would be the last birthday I would share with my mom. As I blew out my candles that year, I’m sure my wish had something to do with my mom beating pancreatic cancer. But of course, this was a wish that didn’t come true.

This year we celebrated my birthday by going to the zoo. It was a great day, warm and sunny, the kids and my dad had their faces painted, we saw almost all the animals, and road on the swan boats. We had a lot of fun. I love animals. We’ve been going to the Philadelphia zoo since I was a young child, and as we were walking around the zoo I remembered other times we went with my mom. So many good memories, precious times, and I’m grateful I got to share those times with my mom.

This year I had two birthday cakes and made two separate wishes as I blew out the candles. The first wish was a very simple one, the second a little more complicated. I’m not going to share exactly what I wished for, as I still hold on to that superstition. But one had to do with my family, and the other was about my mom. I’ll let you know if either one comes true.

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  1. Happy Birthday, Kathy! All good and peaceful wishes for a year full of beautiful memories of your mother.


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