Mama’s birthday wishes: a historical perspective

When I was five, my most fervent birthday wishes were the following:

  • Eat what I want
  • Not have to clean up after myself
  • Run around
  • Do everything all by myself, but never be alone
  • Go to Target

At 15 years-old:

  • Have no one tell me what to do
  • Drive where I want
  • Never be alone
  • Go to Target

At 20 and 25:

  • Have everyone show up at my party
  • Get drunk
  • Eat cheese fries
  • Go to Target

At 30:

“I don’t need anything, really. I’m so blessed. If you must do something, maybe a new outfit for the baby from Target? No alcohol, thank you. I’m nursing!”

At advanced maternal age (35):

  • Eat what I want
  • Not have to clean up after myself
  • Not run (or drive) around
  • Have other people do everything for me
  • Things that can’t be done for me, like pumping and showering, do alone
  • Have no one tell me what to do
  • Sip a glass of wine, okay maybe four
  • Go to Target (alone)
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One thought on “Mama’s birthday wishes: a historical perspective

  1. I’m reminded of Field of Dreams. “And is there enough magic in the moonlight to grant me my wish?” “It’ll have to remain a wish – I was born here, grew up here and will die here, with no regrets.”
    Neither you nor I chose to do all those things in life in one place.
    But the present I sent you at age 35 will help you go to Target. Sorry it’s a bit late,
    I love you very much, my dear

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