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So You Say It’s Your Birthday!

So You Say It’s Your Birthday!


  • They come and they go, celebrated by our families as babies with gifts we don’t even remember.
  • We grew a little older and looked forward to them –  anticipating the excitement, that long awaited ‘special’ gift, the cake, the ice cream, the parties with our friends.
  • Then the teen years – More presents. Yay! hurry, hurry, hurry. Almost got that long awaited  drivers license. It’s right within our reach…Got it! Party-party-party!
  • Now we’ve matured a little and have less festive celebrations – a few friends, some family, Mom and Dad. But don’t forget the presents!
  • Then its off to college, birthdays fall in the middle of a semester, in the middle of the week, and parents aren’t even around for the celebrations – You can bet they are thinking about you though! Phone calls and text messages seem to work quite well with a check in the mail!
  • Then the milestone. Here it is. Finally – the big TWENTY-ONE!

Mom and Dad – “So you’re going to be 21. We’ll come up and take you out to dinner on the 3rd to celebrate you’re birthday.” 😉

AndrewEyes wide open with a look of surprise on his face says, “What? Really you aren’t –  are you?”

Mom and Dad – “Sure we are. You don’t turn 21 every day.”

Andrew – Not caring if he hurts our feelings, “No, no, no, no, no. You don’t need to do that!”

Mom and Dad –  “Hummm?” We innocently ask, “Do you have other plans?”

Andrew – “Welllllll, maybe. I’ll be fine.”

We dropped the thought – took him out to dinner last weekend to celebrate, gave him his gift, and will be thinking about him all day today! After all you only turn  twenty-one once. It’s the thought that counts. 🙂

baby pic


He’s come a long way hasn’t he?


About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

7 responses »

  1. Awe. How sweet! So hard to believe Andrew is 21!


  2. Boy’s all grown up and mum’s as proud as punch, too sweet…wait a minute…snow’s falling on my screen. Temperature must have dipped where you are 🙂


  3. Amazing, Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings



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