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“Reminiscing”

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Reminiscing"

Birthdays Past

As my birthday month, yes you read right, (why do one day when you can do a month), comes to a close I started to think about some of my birthdays in the past.

There was one when I was approximately three that I do not remember but I saw pictures of the little gala. My Great Aunt had it in her garden and the party was written up in the Society pages. It evidently was just a small family affair, as really a three year olds birthday should be, but my Great Aunt made sure that it was written as if it was a social soiree of great importance held in her garden. As she told my Mother it is not what you say but how you say it. And after all she was president of the local garden club, so where else would it be held?

When I was six my Mother had a larger one for me. Outside, plenty of room for games, tables and chairs, lots of balloons, hotdogs, ice cream and cake. I remember that one very well because two of the guests got into a small fight over my attentions. Seems that one said he was my boy friend and another took exception to that. A bloody nose ensued and my mother said, "No boys ever again will be invited to birthday parties for Alexandra."

Then there was the party when I was 10. Everyone was to come dressed as a character in a fairy tale. Why? My Mother thought for some reason this would fun and the guests could win prizes for their costumes. It seemed to be a hit. I was busy being Little Bo Peep with a white staff that was about 6 feet long with masses of ribbons on the end. As my Uncle always said, "She has no problem being a social Butterfly." Well, how else does one make sure they are always on the "A" party list?

Thirteen came and there was a bowling party at the country club. Now that one was really fun. No boys, just silly girls at 13, lots of pizza and loads of gifts. And this was when my Mother told me a marvelous story about her 13th.

She was visiting her Grandmother who would have been my Great Grandmother. Anyway, she was in the yard with another friend and evidently saying something about her 13th birthday coming. Well, before she left her Grandmother took her aside and said, "Darling this is the last year you should be telling anyone your age. Remember years from now they will remember what you said and they will be figuring out how old you are. A lady never wants anyone to know how old she is." My Mother still giggles over that but guess what? She never mentions her age.

A small aside: My Mother's Aunt (my great Aunt) did not get a driver's license until she was much older (notice I did not mention her how old she was) and when they asked her age at the DMV she refused to tell them, as she had been schooled by her Mother. I'm sure this statement was reverberating throughout the building as she said, " Pardon me, a lady never tells her age." I don't know how that was resolved but I can see her now throwing her mink cape around her neck and giving them the back of the hand. That seems to be a familial trait. Holding the hand up, slightly turning your wrist, while flicking the back of the hand to the offending party, as if to say "you are dismissed now. " I knew when I saw that from my Mother not to continue. The topic was finished!

But I have digressed from the topic of birthdays, now years later I decided why have only one day? It is so much more fun to book the month with fun things to do. Makes for a much more interesting time. So dear students my recommendation is to have that birthday month. Yes, plan for many dinners with friends, have house guests, go to plays, or whatever is happening in your special month. Book yourself solid! When the month is over you will need a vacation from all!  Brilliant, an after birthday recuperation vacation. I love it!

Moi: "Honey I need a vacation."

Husband: "You need a vacation?! From what?"

Oh well, obviously he doesn't have a sense of humor. Never mind. I'm sure Cate will love my new plan. Where is my cell phone?

May you all have many birthday months to come!

XXOO,

Alexandra

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