There’s more than one way to look at a birthday.
For some it may be a pampered spa day. For others it might be lunch out at a trendy restaurant. Whatever, we all have a way of spying what’s going to make us happy.
Well, how about spending your day at your local cable company? That’s what happened when I was in Southern California recently to assist my friend with the transition to assisted living.
“Today’s your birthday, Jeanne!” I announced early in the morning. “What would you like to do today?”
Her eyes lit up as she pondered the question, and then revealed her heart’s desire.
“Well,” she said emphatically, “I’d like to get on over to the cable company to return that piece of equipment. It’ll save us $50!”
That idea hadn’t been on my top 1,000 list of ways to celebrate, But off we went to the cable office where we discovered a whole room full of people that must have been celebrating their birthdays, too.
For at least two hours, I stood in line as folks complained at the customer service counter, irately flung their black boxes, remotes and cables at the representative, or told their life history to any ear held hostage as we inched ahead.
Jeanne dozed in a chair nearby.
“We’re done, Jeanne,” I said softly as I touched her shoulder. “We’d better head home for dinner,” as I thought about the real celebration that lay ahead that evening.
After a day at the cable company, it wouldn’t come soon enough.
Quickly, I arranged the pink cake, pink punch and matching napkins while Jeanne readied herself for her party. The huge number candles, the final item to top the cake, lay nearby.
“Jeanne,” I said as we heard a guest knock on the door, “How would you like me to position these two candles?” thinking we’d need to avoid the script on top of the cake.
Quick as a wink, she whispered in my ear. I couldn’t help but smile. After all, how often does someone at assisted living celebrate 39?
Guess it’s all in how you look at your birthday.