I love having a fall birthday because of the food. This year my husband, Odie made me my traditonal fall "comfort foods" dinner of garlic rosemary clay pot chicken, garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie filling in ramekins. No crust needed! We also had a selection of cheese, olives, tomatoes from our garden, bread and wine. It was a wonderfully cozy night, just the three of us.
Everyone seemed surprised that I didn't want a party, didn't want a babysitter, didn't want to "get crazy" since it was my 30th, but honestly I don't understand that tendency to do those things for milestones. People tend to want to go all out on their 30th, as if to say, "look at me, I'm still young and hip and can party" but that just isn't my life anymore...and I'm glad. For me, I'm ready to say goodbye to my 20s rather than try to hold onto them. I look forward to this next chapter of my life with my husband and baby, eating homecooked meals and veggies from our garden. This is a true celebration of life.
I got a great many lovely gifts for my birthday, including a little something I've been saying I wanted to get for years. When we see interesting trees on our walks we often ask each other "what is that?" and we shrug and talk about how we should get a book on local trees to learn to identify them. Rinse, repeat for several years. Well, my wonderful husband got me two field guide books on identifying trees in our area! I can't wait to be able to look at a tree and say, "Oh, that is a black walnut, about 15 years old" and know all about it. The most endearing part of this gift isn't the book itself, but in knowing that these little books will join us on many future walks together...and that we'll pass this knowledge onto our little boy. This is a true celebration of life!