My Son Is Home. Is It My Birthday?

3 Oct
birthday cake

birthday cake (Photo credit: freakgirl)

Of course it is!  Or was, on Sunday. As Patti commented, however, The birthday just keeps on going.

It started last week, but that’s a post for another day (tomorrow) (now I have to write it, as I’ve committed to it) (at least I know what I’ll be writing about tomorrow) (I don’t always) (do you?).

Actual celebrations started on Saturday afternoon, when Spud insisted we walk the dogs at a specific time, instead of dragging the start time out as long as possible, in the hope that it would rain and the dogs would refuse to put their pure bred little backsides out the front door.

I suspected nothing.

We always walk for a minimum of thirty minutes; Spud tries to pare it down to as little as possible.   He dragged it out to forty-five minutes: I want to go on the swings/Let’s go the long way home for a change/I’m interested in what you’re saying.

I should have suspected something with that last one.

We arrived home.  I could hear Hub talking.  An unexpected guest?  I walked into the living room – there was Tory Boy in all his curly-haired glory!  I wasn’t expecting him for another week.  If I ever doubted my love for my son (as you do) (you don’t?) (oh, it’s just me, then?), I could tell by the way I threw my arms around him until he turned blue and screamed like a Saturday night TV audience that I was glad to see him.

You can’t get a better present than that, though some of these came pretty close:

  • The Hunger Games DVD.  I enjoyed it much more, second time around, because I’m over the horror of watching it the first time.  The first time I watch a film version of a beloved book, I always hate it.  Then I learn to love it, because I know what’s in, what’s out, what’s added to make it make sense.  It’s a rough journey but I persevere.
  • The Hunger Games trilogy of books.  I have them on my Kindle but I wanted hard copies (in paperback, so they are soft hard copies, not hardback hard copies) for when society breaks down.  When that happens – it’s closer than you think; remember what they’re doing to our food – I won’t have any electricity to re-charge the Kindle and the Hub will insist on using the generator we must get around to buying, for lights and stuff; he’s not a reader, you see.  So this gift was an absolute essential.
  • Toiletries.  A fair bit of.  Apparently, I smell.  
  • Some fun stuff, the subject of tomorrow’s post.
  • A poetry book.  Big and inclusive with pretty pictures.  I love it.
  • A rap.  That was from Spud.  He wrote it the night before and performed it on Sunday morning while half asleep.  I love it, particularly the part where his mother is not crap.
  • A housework-free day.  The boys did everything, including cooking, dishes, and every cup of tea.  Be sure I took advantage.
  • A promise.  I’ll tell you more when the promiser makes good on the promise he made to the promisee (me).
  • A beautiful jumper that arrived yesterday.  I like birthdays that go on all week.  I got another card this morning.
  • Maltesers.  Without which, what’s the point of birthdays?

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you, everyone  for your good wishes.  I promise not to talk about my birthday again until next year.  Apart from tomorrow, of course.  And if I remember anything I might have forgotten to share today.  To paraphrase Patti: the birthday that won’t go away.

You think you’ve had it hard this year?

Next year, I’m fifty.

59 Responses to “My Son Is Home. Is It My Birthday?”

  1. jmgoyder October 3, 2012 at 11:54 #

    Happy birthday sweet baby!


  2. laurieanichols October 3, 2012 at 11:57 #

    Happy Birthday Tilly!! Everything sounded so lovely, kudos to the men in your life for treating you to such a wonderful day. I look forward to reading about the surprise tomorrow. I usually never know what I am going to write about the next day aside from my vacation in France but that was easy. Being a housewife and making it seems interesting, that is hard.


  3. barb19 October 3, 2012 at 12:01 #

    Happy Birthday Tilly! The men in your family sure do love you – and rightly so. what a great surprise for you!


  4. vivinfrance October 3, 2012 at 12:21 #

    Glad the fun’s continuing. As you say, wait until next year – you’ll be 50 and Jock will be 80!

    You might want to look at this sentence to determine who is screaming – I could tell by the way I threw my arms around him until he turned blue and screamed like a Saturday night TV audience that I was glad to see him. 🙂


  5. Elaine - I used to be indecisive October 3, 2012 at 12:31 #

    What a wonderful birthday!


  6. boomiebol October 3, 2012 at 12:48 #

    Happy birthday.


  7. Al October 3, 2012 at 13:40 #

    Belated best wishes, Tilly Bud! I’ll have a zero after mine next year too. Just wish it was 50.


  8. sharechair October 3, 2012 at 13:47 #

    Happy Birthday! and about that 50 ..? It’s still young!


  9. misswhiplash October 3, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Here’s another fine mess you got me into…….HAPPY BIRTHDAY TILLY B!
    and Happy Birthday to Linda too


  10. mairedubhtx October 3, 2012 at 14:39 #

    Happy Belated Birthday! But I have a friend who has a birthday month. You could try for that. A week isn’t enough. Then there is my daughter who celebrates half-birthdays (6 months out). That way you get two celebrations a year plus a month for the actual one. There’s a lot you can do with birthdays.


  11. winnwords October 3, 2012 at 15:24 #

    I will arrive at 49 this coming February. I hope my day is as wonderful and family-filled as yours was! And I’ll take a number right now for pre-birthday commiseration next year…


  12. gigihawaii October 3, 2012 at 15:42 #

    Ha! Wait til yiou turn 66 like me! Happy birthday again, Tilly!


  13. annie21livinginusa October 3, 2012 at 15:52 #

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day, love that your son came home, as a Mom I know how special that is……


  14. adinparadise October 3, 2012 at 16:06 #

    That’s a yummy-looking cake, Tilly. I’m all for spinning out the birthday for as long as possible. You had some great pressies. Enjoy the Malteser splurge. 🙂


  15. slpmartin October 3, 2012 at 16:12 #

    Happy Birthday…and as they say…”And Many More!”


  16. judithatwood October 3, 2012 at 16:22 #

    Happy Birthday!


  17. Janie Jones October 3, 2012 at 16:44 #

    How did I miss your birthday? Glad it was a good one.


  18. terry1954 October 3, 2012 at 16:49 #

    sounds like a wonderful birthday bash, happy belated birthday!!!!!


  19. lanceleuven October 3, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Happy Birthday Tilly! The big 2-1 eh? Well, make the most of it. That’s my advice. It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the same milestone…


  20. benzeknees October 3, 2012 at 21:05 #

    I un-followed you & re-subscribed, hope that clears ups the problems with finding me. Happy Birthday – a Malteser for every year!


  21. aleafinspringtime October 3, 2012 at 21:10 #

    Happy Birthday Tilly! And what a birthday!! Hugs, Sharon


  22. Tom (Aquatom1968) October 3, 2012 at 21:11 #

    Happy Birthday once again Tilly… and are you starting to prepare for next year now, or is it just a tad early yet? 😉


  23. grannyscolorful October 3, 2012 at 21:58 #

    Happy Birthday!


  24. kateshrewsday October 3, 2012 at 22:12 #

    Happy Birthday, Tilly! Hope the celebrations stretch over days. Have a wonderful time.


  25. grannymar October 3, 2012 at 22:32 #

    That sounded like a wonderful beginning to your birthday. I’d keep celebrating right through to next year, that way you wouldn’t actually get any older! 😉 Happy Birthday, again.


  26. eof737 October 5, 2012 at 03:50 #

    “Happy Belated Birthday to you! 🙂
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  27. Perfecting Motherhood October 5, 2012 at 17:55 #

    I didn’t think The Hunger Games movie was so bad. It’s just hard to fit it all without ending up with an 8-hour movie. I watched the added features afterwards and you can understand how hard they struggled with the script so it would please most people.


  28. Gobetween October 5, 2012 at 18:55 #

    Happy birthday, I hope you had a fab day.


  29. BeckySefton October 5, 2012 at 21:55 #

    A VERY belated but VERY sincere HAPPPPPPPPPPY BIRRRRRRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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