We have lots of friends and family with birthdays today and since my sister has given me a new favorite birthday motto– “birthdays are not obligations; they are opportunities”– I am trying to take advantage of those opportunities. Cupcakes, ecards, balloons here we come!
In a fascinating bit of trivia: my brother was born May 1st, 1967. Thirty years later his son was born on May 1st, 1997. And since they have exactly the same name the only difference is a 6 flipped over to a 9– it drives insurance companies crazy!
Both my brothers have children born on their birthday. I am fiercely jealous of that and still mad at Xander for missing mine by 3 days.
Sunday evening I talked to my sister before driving down to Temple Square to see the spectacular display of tulips. “Oh I miss tulips.” she said, “We don’t have them here in San Diego.”
No tulips in San Diego, the garden of the planet, the “most perfect” climate on earth? And then it dawned on me— tulips are dependent on our long cold season for their spectacular blooms. Yes, tulips can be forced even in warm climates by storing them in the refrigerator for several weeks; but still, they bloom quickly and fade in the heat. Our long cold Spring(snow every single week since October!) is giving us weeks and weeks of gorgeous blooms.
Most of the tulips in my yard were planted when Mary was still a fussy baby. I strapped her on my back and dug holes and trenches and filled them with bulbs. She would whine and cry and finally fall asleep drooling down the back of my neck. It seemed impossible then that Spring would come or that Mary would EVER stop crying. But three years later my tulips are still blooming and so, so is my girl.