Christine Fichtner Vancouver

An absolutely gorgeous day

I’m not sure when birthdays started to become days much like any other. As a child, I loved birthdays. The whole day was special. Now that I’m working, it’s just like any other day. Except that I’m older now.

I just use it as an excuse to get my friends together on one day. It’s always hard to organize dinners when everyone has such different schedules.

Today is my birthday, but it’s also my first day back to work. And I got scheduled last-minute to teach another class, so I ended up working more than I expected. Not a bad thing, but I thought I’d be more upset that it happened on my birthday. But I’m not.

And I’m undoubtedly not the first, nor the last, to have this realization. But I’m there now, I’ve had it, and I’m not too bothered by it.

I am lucky that the weather turned beautiful. A cloudless sky, a nice cool breeze, and a hot sun. Perfection!

Christine Fichtner birthday

So I treated myself a bit. Fresh fruit and an excellent read. All in all not a bad day at all. A pretty good return from a wonderful vacation (about which I will post more later this week).

Best of all, tomorrow is Canada day, so I get the day off!

50 thoughts on “Birthdays

  1. Happy Birthday! and Happy Canada Day! Being rather universal I shall celebrate both here in New Zealand: your birthday today and Canada tomorrow. I’ll have to find feast days for the rest of the week!


  2. Happy Birthday Dear. I am glad you found joy in the little things that make this journey worth the taking. I think as we get older we realize the day of our birth, which certainly should be celebrated, becomes not less important but that every day we breathe holds equal importance. Each new day we are given becomes an opportunity to be better than the last so instead of looking at birthdays as chronological markers tallying things we did or did not get accomplished, we must live in the this day and make it a rebirth. My thoughts and prayers go out to you for an abundantly blessed year overflowing with discovery and opportunities. Be well, and thank you for sharing part of this extraordinary day with all of us. I am honored.


  3. Happy birthday!
    But don’t think of it as just another day. It’s the celebration of your birth! Which implies a celebration of who you are as a person, what you’ve achieved and what wonderful things are yet to come. It’s your own special New Year’s day.

    At least that’s how I see it…

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  4. Happy Birthday!! I know this isn’t the appropriate spot to pose such a question, but I can’t figure out how else to contact you. Is there any way you could help me with something? Your top menu has a list of topics (Home, about me, poetry, music, pictures, etc.). How did you do that? I’ve been trying to figure it out for over a month and no one will help me. If you could email me the instructions or a site that could tell me how to do it (a support page), I’d really appreciate it… My email address is Don’t do it today, being that it’s your Birthday, but if and when you can? Thanks in advance! And enjoy your day!!


    • I hope you don’t mind if I just reply here!

      In your dashboard, click on ‘Appearance’, and then ‘menu’. There will be a list on the left of pages and categories that you can add to your menu. Since I organize mine with categories, I added them to the menu. The category name automatically becomes the menu link, and all the posts are automatically added. You can change the menu name afterwards.

      I hope it helps!


  5. happy birthday! I place more importance on birthdays as they are specifically to celebrate the existence of one thing, You.
    Some progressive employers give the special day off to their employees. Not mine and apparently not yours, either!


  6. I love birthdays. They are still so special to me and I am nearly getting grown up at 52. I make cakes and take them into work, I look forward and plan what I will bake, I look forward to all the cards, even now messages on Facebook, a totally new thing for me! I decided to blog this year. Each birthday is a chance to do something new and exciting! My 13th was ‘orrible but led to a prose piece last month, which I will blog. It is my day and I just want to share it with everyone! I love the fact I was born on the 1st of May, the worker’s day and I make sure I take a day off now that I am no longer a paid teacher! Oops perhaps i should blog this! Hope you had a lovely day and Canada is a lovely place.


  7. You know, I’ve thought the very same things for decades, not weeks, months or years, but decades. I have the spirit of a child, and with each year that I grow ever older, my spirit remains just as innocent and filled with wonder as it ever had been. Birthdays are a HUGE deal to me – mine, but so much more so, other’s. I have always treated them as if it were someone’s own personal Christmas – everything and anything to cause them to feel special from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to sleep – yet I don’t see a lot of that going on around me from other people. It is so important to see an give someone’s birthday to them as a day of celebrating their arrival on earth – and celebrations should be filled with surprise, laughter, wonder and excitement. Years ago – I worked in many companies in NY (I now live in FL) that automatically gave you your birthday off – it was a day off. I hadn’t seen that in NY for many years before leaving – and have never seen it in FL. Personally – when working, I try to take the day off as often as possible depending on the situation. There comes a point, which sadly has already come – when you have to stop and remind yourself that we are not here to work – we work to pay our bills, but our lives are the reason we want them paid – so pay attention to your life, and to other’s, including birthdays!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! ❤


  8. What a coincidence! My birthday was that same day and I felt similar thoughts about it. Still, my students had taken the time to make me a birthday card, filled with little in-jokes. So that took the pain out of an entire day spent filling out university applicaion forms…


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