I remember when I was just a wee thing, lying in my bed the night before my birthday, filled with anticipation. I was sure that when I woke up I would be different, and the day would be filled with magic.
Most years it was, and I have pages of memories from these milestone days. Even now, in my “middle years”, my birthday sits on the calendar as the most important and memorable day of the year.
Except, that it isn’t any more. There is rarely a big to-do, and sometimes a birthday cake doesn’t even make it to the table (unless I bake it myself). The importance of my birthday seems to be over-shadowed by all the other things that being a parent brings about.
So, in an attempt to revive grown up birthdays, we pooled our BLUNTmoms writers to hear about their MOST MEMORABLE birthday. We wanted to remind them that Birthdays DO count, no matter the number, the day or even the reason.
Ashley Alteman My best friends broke into my house, kidnapped me in the middle of the night, blindfolded me, and drove me six hours to Disneyland. They didn’t let me take the blindfold off until we hit the “Welcome to California” sign.
Julie Scagell I got pregnant on my 37th birthday. I spent the whole night getting a little tipsy with my friends and must have had a GREAT night with my hubby (difficult to recall). A few weeks later, sure enough, 2 lines.
Peyton Price My best friend’s birthday is two days before mine. For #40 we flew first class to a desert spa, enjoying moonlight jacuzzi and a romantic hot air balloon ride. It was so dreamy I didn’t feel bad for leaving behind my husband, whose birthday is the day between.
Jill Pond My friend threw me a surprise party for my 14th birthday. Four of us were racing up the stairs to get to her house; I went flying into her living room, dove across the hardwood floors with a skirt on, and slid to a stop with my body sprawled spread-eagle. I looked up at my friend’s mom and she said, “Close your legs, Jill” and then “SURPRISE!!!”
I was just a tad embarrassed.
Whatever your birthday memory, Canadians agree that birthdays ARE important.
Canadians overwhelmingly agree (80%) that with life getting more complicated, it’s even more important to celebrate life’s simple moments, like a birthday.
The most important birthday tradition to Canadians is the birthday cake and candles (29%).
Most (63%) of Canadians think that having a cake makes your birthday more special.
65% of Canadians make a birthday wish when they blow out their candles.
82% of Canadians agree that they feel special when someone puts a lot of energy into celebrating their birthday.
Almost half (46%) of Canadians say they are disappointed when others don’t put in the energy or effort on their birthday.
When it comes to celebrating their own birthday the most important thing to Canadians is sharing it with family (87%),
Based off the 2015 Enbridge Birthday Survey Highlights Key Findings/Insights – Based on 1,022 Canadian respondents, aged 18+:
So, the next time YOUR special day comes around, remember, birthdays (even your own) ARE important and deserve to be celebrated! And to get you in the spirit, take a little peak at this video that helps us appreciate what is important on our special day!
The Enbridge 100 Birthdays Video celebrates the power of birthdays and over 165 years in Ontario delivering the natural gas that helps people create those special moments that mean so much to Canadians. The video features 100 people, age’s 1-100, each blowing out the candles on their birthday cake.
And, if you are anything like me, it may make you weepy.
It takes energy to live, and to celebrate life, so lets share in the Enrbidge celebration and thank them for “fuelling our lives” for over 100 years!
If you want to kick your celebrations off in style, join us at the PTPA party, Friday August 15th, 12:00pm EST under the hashtag #BirthdaysCount.
Just by RSVPing and attending you can win 1 of 5 $100 Visa gift cards, or 1 of 5 $25 Visa gift cards! The gift every gal wants!
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Enbridge and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.