So I not one to really celebrate my birthday. I mean really…I didn’t put much legwork in to making another trip around the sun. I should thank physics for that. Or I should celebrate my mom for having my original birth day.
So while I don’t feel the need or desire to have a big celebration for my birthday, it is a good opportunity to reflect on what I was doing in past years around this time. So here it goes:
Five years ago – May 9, 2007 – I was flying down to Birmingham for training for my summer as a Passport counselor. It was pretty much my job to spend my summer acting ridiculous. Like the picture below: (That’s me in the sassy floral dress)
Four Years Ago – May 9, 2008 – I was supposed to be walking at my graduation for my MAEd, but I skipped it and went ahead home to Richmond. After all, I had a handsome groom waiting for me to meet him at the other end of the aisle a few weeks later.
Three Years Ago – May 9, 2009 – We had recently moved into our house. I was finishing my first year teaching in Richmond and trying to keep my head above water.
Two Years Ago – May 9, 2010 – I planted a hydrangea (my favorite) to commemorate my 25th birthday. Since then, it has endured having most of its branches broken off in a hail storm, getting transplanted, and numerous other challenges. Mason has made fun of my hydrangea because it has been struggling, but this year it is finally flowering!
One Year Ago – May 9, 2011 – My first round of AP students took the AP Physics test. They all scored outstandingly well which was hugely affirming for me. Also, a few days after my birthday, we found out that Bradley was on his way.
It has been quite the 5 years! I can’t imagine another 5 year span that will involve so many life changes: a new degree, starting my career, getting married, buying a house, becoming a mother. Wow. Now celebrating all those wonderful things might be worthy of a cupcake.