Sunday, October 05, 2008

Thoughts on my birthday

When I was much younger, birthdays always held a lot of hope for celebration and recognition of my special day. Usually, that hope fell flat; there was no celebration, no one threw me a party, or opened a bottle of something in my honor. Not that it didn't happen a few times: my husband, and years later, a good man who will remain unnamed, my sister always, my friend Julie who threw me a little party on a special birthday.

I'm older now, and I no longer hope for anything in that department. At least that's what I tell myself. But you know, I am so brainwashed by society, that a part of me can't help feeling a tiny bit bruised. I wonder if truly I "no longer hope in that department." I wonder if it isn't a protective thing.

What did I do on my birthday? Nothing. Celebration has to involve more than one person; it can be very lonely to celebrate myself with myself. There's really no point. Throw myself a party? I worry that people will think I'm inviting them over just to get gifts, even though the real reason is wanting to share the day. Normally, I'm comfortable with my own company and can find many things to do. But on this one day of the year, my sign rears its head: Libra, the partnership sign.

That being said, I do truly appreciate the long-distance wishes and gifts. To my sister and family, Julie, Carol, Susan, Jenny, Violette (in France), thank you from the bottom of my heart! My cup is half-full! Yes, it is.


  1. happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, haooy birthday dear Colette, happy birthday to you! Cha Cha Cha and many more!
    I am sending you big happy filled with wet kisses happy birthday wishes..
    Love You, Nita <3

    P.s you are special..

  2. Hi sweetie!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Dear Colette, every year that you are alive, creating your beautiful artwork legacies, inspiring other artists and just being your sweet self is a year to CELEBRATE your life!!!! Thank you for all your inspiration!! Big hugs and kisses all the way from Georgia!! xxoo, Dawn

  3. Happy Birthday Colette. You are a gift to the world.

  4. Happy Birthday! I wish that I had know that you'd be alone for your birthday -- I would have rescued you. Coffee this week? any night -- my treat :)

  5. Happy Birthday!

    You should throw yourself a party. People love giving presents.

  6. I would like to take a moment to tell you that the gift of YOU to all of us here on this planet is a gift. Truly it is. Because, you see, only once in your life are you blessed to meet a soul as sweet and true and unique and spcial as yourself. So , this day, your Birthday is equally a special to me..because I have you in my life and I am so grateful to be able to have you as my friend!
    I love and adore you with all of my heart~

  7. A very very happy birthday Colette!!! It was my birthday on Wednesday, your fellow Libra. We could've thrown each other a party. Come on down to Tacoma, WA

    I absolutely love your blog. Amazing as I suspect, so are you.

  8. Collette I know what you mean, this year the kids are so into what they are doing around here that I really don't even expect anyone to remember mine on the eighth. I am glad to know you are a Libra too, OH and Happy Birthday to one of God's wondrous creative creations, I am glad to have found your blog a while back...Oh and who said people make a big deal of 50, except my doc telling me every thing wrong with me this month..LOL
    hope you don't feel as old as he made me feel....Make a good wish and celebrate your way, best wishes for another good year

  9. Happy Belated Birthday Colette!!!! Let's go out for your birthday!!!!! Could you e-mail me your home address??????

    Birthday Hugs to a Fabulous Gal!


  10. A very Happy Birthday to you Colette. Sorry that your family are so far away but I am sure you are in their thoughts and hearts. I usually treat myself to something I really want on my birthday to make up for not having any celebrations. It usually works by cheering me

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Of course You should be celebrated on such a day!
    Sending hugs and virtual flowers through cyberspace!
    Come on over to my place and celerate with me! 100 posts and a little giveaway! Wishing You good Luck!

  12. Hi Colette

    I was thinking of you on your birthday and am sorry I didn't send you birthday wishes.

    And I do understand what you mean about feeling a bit bruised when you have no one to celebrate your birthday with. It is not the same if you are the one to invite people over is it? It is always lovely when someone else iniates a get together.

    I hope there are birthdays in the future that you spend with people (or one special person) that love you.

    I can tell by the amount of loving comments that people leave on your blog that you are loved far and wide. And that your art has impacted people on many positive levels.

    Much love to you.

    Dot xoxo

  13. happy happeeee birthday! Something drew me to your blog today and well,

    I see now I'm NOT late at all...

    instead I'm here to shout, "birthdays SHOULD be celebrated all month long."

    So in that case... I'm EARLY.

    Happy days to you!


    (Love this piece... )

  14. happy belated birthday, colette! i hope you will celebrate your special day all year long. i'm sending you wishes for infinite JOY! xo-k


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