It’s Birthday Week! This week I am celebrating the birth of three very important Aquarians in my life: my mom Alison, my friend Megan, and my sister Nicky. Some people think that I get a little bit too excited about birthdays, but I love everything about them; the shopping, the wrapping, the card-making, the cake-eating... everything! And I especially love it when I find the perfect gift for someone special.
My mom is super difficult to buy presents for, mainly because I have to think of what to buy for her from my dad as well. It always amuses me that even after 30 years of marriage, my dad still hands me his wallet on the day before my mom’s birthday, and asks me to help him find her something extra. He generally has one present planned, but when it comes to getting flowers, wrapping said present, finding something else, organising the birthday meal, and buying a card, that is all left down to me. He says this is the reason why he had daughters, and I have to admit that I think he would be lost without my awesome present skills!
Megan and I have been friends since we were three and have pretty similar tastes, so this makes it pretty easy to find her the perfect gift. When I was thinking about what to get Megan this year, I had a quiet chuckle to myself when I remembered one birthday many years ago. We must have been no more than 5 or 6, and I told my mom that I wanted to get Megan a Barbie outfit for her birthday. Well my mom dutifully arrives home with this beautiful pink princess dress, and I throw a complete temper tantrum (in typical 5 year old bratty-Karen style) and demand that I want the dress for myself. Amazingly, my mom folded and ended up buying another - equally beautiful - dress for Megan, and I kept the pink one. Not much has changed and even now, I sometimes look at what I’ve chosen for Megs and think, “I wish I’d bought that for myself!”
And as for my sister Nicky, she is the kind of person who is happy with whatever you buy her - as long as it isn’t something Twilight-related, you’re safe! When we were little, Nix and I never wanted to be given the same thing for our birthdays. About the only thing that we shared was our Lego, and that was because it was expensive and we’d save our birthday money to buy it together. Even then, there were definite boundaries about who had paid for what and the rights that came along with it! Being my sister, Nicky also inherited a knack for present buying, so I always have to make sure that her present is a good one. Then again, if I’m at a loss for ideas, I know that jewellery is always a safe bet. What girl doesn’t love a bit of bling?
So I am dedicating this post to these three amazing women. All of them have played such major roles in my life, and I truly would not be the person I am today without any one of them. Happy Birthday Mum, Megs, and Nix! I love you all and I hope that you each have a fantastic birthday .x.