(The drawing for the dishcloths will close at 9 p.m. EST - The winner will be announced at 12 am EST on Jan. 6 2009)
(Me, age three)
(Me, age three)
Some people dread birthdays. One of my earliest memories is of me asking my grandmother how she wanted to celebrate an upcoming birthday. Her replied confused me.
"Oh, I wish my birthday would never come. I don't want anymore birthdays. There's nothing to celebrate when you get this old."
This memory is close to thirty-years-old, which means that my grandmother was only in her 50's when she concluded that birthdays should be dreaded instead of celebrated. She's not alone. Card manufacturers make a pretty penny selling birthday cards that serve more to commiserate than commemorate.
My philosophy on aging and birthdays differ from my grandmother's. Although I could do without the wrinkles, belly flab, and lower back pain, I don't mind getting older. I view my birthday not as the observance of the passing or surviving of another year, but as a celebration of being born. My birthday is the anniversary of my first gasp of air...my first cry...my first hug...my first kiss.
The annual arrival of January 10 is a time for me to remember that God chose that day for my birth. It is a day worth celebrating...not me...but life. And, it is a day to reflect on the gift of life...a day to give thanks.
Because of the blog world, I get to celebrate my birthday with a few hundred people...with friends I've known for decades and with friends I've never met. For an extrovert like me...that's birthday wish come true. And to add to the fun...I'm giving away presents.
The first prize is a set of crocheted dish cloths from Jenn at A Country Girl's Ramblings. I'm always in awe of women like Jenn who have the patience and talent to turn a string of yarn into something both beautiful and useful.
Aren't these dishcloths so cute? They almost look too pretty to use, but their texture is great for scrubbing. Would you like to win a pair? Just leave a comment on this post, and you'll be registered to win. Leave another comment on Jenn's blog for an additional chance to win. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop while your there.
Winners will be announced tomorrow along with a chance to win a new prize.
Thank you so much for celebrating my birth week with me!