Ramblings About an Important Holiday: My Birthday

Age may slow us down, but it can’t keep us from embracing life


Happy Birthday to me!

Image by Van Gons

This should make national news! A young man getting older in age, but there is no sign of him aging — neither on his face, nor in his physique. Maybe these are just a bunch of wishes that have piled in my brain, eluding the fact that I’m not as fast as I use to be when running, yet I can definitely make up that speed when I’m eating breakfast in the morning.

We all love our birthdays, and on August 22 the world will shake from all my excitement. Sometimes, fathers overlook their important day. But I’ve been preparing for the monumental day since early July of this year. Guess what I’ve been doing? If you guess nothing, you are absolutely right. I don’t know what I want, let alone know what I want to do. And it’s no surprise, as this happens every year. Surely I should be able to decide, since the kids have been with their grandparents for a couple of weeks. And I’m not safe from the stares of my wife, head tilted, with a slight grin remaining stationary on her face while we “watch” a sitcom on television as I look back at her confused. I think she wants me to make my mind up, but silently, I just give the energy confirmation that the decision is so, so hard.

To this day, I still don’t know. But I have thought about some options. Maybe I will travel to a different city with friends and enjoy some nightlife; hoping my older age won’t forward me the blessed opportunity to get tired quickly and want the soft touch of my bed and pillows? Or, I could book a romantic mini-vacation for two days and take my wife with me? Or, maybe I will even reunite with the kids on that day to celebrate the birthday and back-to-school? 

Either way, I’m not under pressure because in the end, I can’t change the fact that I’m getting older. However, I can definitely enjoy what comes along with the age: wisdom, understanding and more visits to the dentist. And I can’t argue that the dental visits will pay off and I’m happy for it. With them I get to make a funny face with my mouth open like the elaborate gestures in this article’s picture, in essence of celebrating life and many more years to come. YES, I’VE STILL GOT IT! Happy Birthday to me! 

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralbInstagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.

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Holiday Dad

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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