Birthdays are for Celebrating!

Woohoo! It’s my birthday and I am celebrating another year of life. I know a lot of women my age bum out at the enormous amount of candles on their cake. They may rush to the plastic surgeon at the first sign of wrinkles, but I’m different. I look at wrinkles as a reminder of the wonderful life I’ve had. It is one that has been full of all kinds of high and low points culminating one crazy Wild Ride. If my face reflects some of that ride, then bring it on life. I can take it! - Tilts chin up to imaginary ageing monster called life – Just don’t hit me too hard… Most of mine are smile lines anyway. Of course they couldn’t be symmetrical; life although precious and tenuous at times is rarely fair. Disclaimer – if I become as wrinkled as a Shar-pei or have to use Q-tips in order to clean in between the deep crevices, then I may consider doing something like using clothes pins to pull back the skin and hide the excess under a wig.

My birthday celebrations have varied throughout the years. When I was a little girl, they were simple and included cake, birthday hats, and bubbles. Most of them have been on the quiet side and celebrated with family, but a couple were over the top.

While in college, my friend had a surprise party for me. It almost gave me a heart attack since everyone dressed in costume and wore a mask. Talk about terrifying. I didn’t recognize anyone and the shock of it gave me my first white hair which I promptly plucked out!

Several years ago, my husband Danny sent me to the spa for the afternoon and told me to bring a dress for my birthday dinner. I chose a long gown. First he drove me home where my children had decorated the house in balloons, streamers, and posters. I thought it was the best birthday ever! Then he drove me to a Boulder microbrewery where my friends (most of them wearing jeans), hid in the back room for a really big surprise. I could feel my scalp tingle and a few more of those dang white hairs begin to sprout.

Another year, my book club took me out to lunch. I figured something was going on when my friend Karin who was driving me home, pulled over on the side of the road and said, “I hate to do this.” She began laughing and blindfolded me. Karin was still laughing when she guided me into the house, walked me upstairs to my bedroom and instructed me to stay there until I was allowed to come out. After about an hour, my daughter Courtney led me from the room and down the stairs where I found Danny  and about 100 people. He had hired a DJ, a caterer, and had installed a dance floor. I felt a few more white hairs burst out of my scalp with this surprise. It was an amazing party and everyone wore a hat. I think some pole dancing went down that night even though it was really a support beam and rectangular…

Why would anyone get depressed about living another year? How totally lame is that and the ones that complain are usually much younger than me. Will I tell you my age? No. It is irrelevant because I don’t feel or act my age. It only reflects the number of awesome birthdays I’ve had!

This year I am looking forward to going out to dinner with my family. With both children in college, that is no easy feat. So what if we have to eat at 5:30 to fit a birthday dinner into everyone’s schedule. I will not be wearing a gown, or a hat, nor will I be blindfolded, but will look forward to celebrating another year of life because that is what birthdays are all about. I colored my hair just in case…

Now if this would get Freshly Pressed that would really be the frosting my candle-laden cake.

It would be such a great gift to leave a comment about how you feel about celebrating your birthday and even better if you followed my blog!

First two photos by Susie Lindau -That’s my little brother in the top picture partying down with me on my 11th birthday. Hey! That was my Golden Birthday – 11 on the 11th!

The last photo is by Google. That cake is for someone who is really old and still loves to celebrate!

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144 responses to “Birthdays are for Celebrating!

  1. Love your writing Susie! I’m a food blogger but it seems my favorite blogs are slowly becoming the writing and travel blogs. I had my 45th birthday last December and like you face each year head on. Or rather chin on. :)

    • Hahaha! Thanks so much Karista! It finally healed up… I am glad that you found me! I do use humor to get through life. I just finished a post about my war with ants. I will blog it Monday. I don’t think there are many out there that would admit the crazy stuff that happens like I do, but I love to laugh at myself! Happy belated to you!

  2. Happy belated to the most fearless & beautiful lady!

    ” How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are ? ”


  3. Those are some amazing birthday stories!

    Happy belated birthday!

  4. Happy belated Birthday, Susie! Sounds like you’ve had some pretty cool parties. While I’m glad to have a birthday every year, I don’t really do anything to mark the day. After 30 I just kind of prefer to ignore them…and the numbers. :)

  5. Happy birthday Susie! It’s also my birthday this month, go aries :-). I love the way you see getting older… I’m only 29 and I already care about having asymmetrical laugh lines! I need to chill about it!

    • Thanks Cecile! There isn’t much I can do about it short of injections which I really don’t want to do. There is a movie star (Robin Tunney) on a show called The Mentalist whose smile lines are really unequal and that cured me!
      Happy birthday month to you!

  6. I completely agree with you about celebrating birthdays! They are a time to be happy and spend with the people you love. Not a time to be sad and wish the years away. There were a few years that were tough for me, birthday wise, but once I learned to just embrace my age, it’s like the number lost its power. It’s just one more amazing year to celebrate!

    • I like your attitude Emma! I think we are in the minority and it is so silly and illogical. Everyone should want to live another year. I hope to be ancient some day. I am still celebrating and it is Friday! Hahaha!
      Thanks for coming by!

  7. Happy Birthday! (Sorry I’m a bit late!)

  8. Happy (belated) birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday, young lady.

  10. Coleen Patrick

    Much happiness Susie! Love the photos :)

  11. Belated natal day wishes for a year full of fun and personal satisfaction, Susie! I can relate to the public pressure to hide our aging, being in show business, it’s something I am constantly wrestling with. Whatever age you are, you look FABULOUS, so keep up whatever you’re doing! :)

  12. Wishing you a happy, wonderful birthday! May each one be better than the last! After all, we only get better with age… why shouldn’t our birthdays?

    Yes, I say bring on the birthdays too! Why shouldn’t we celebrate another year of life? Bring ‘em on!

    As long as there is cake, that is…. no cake… no birthday! That’s the deal!

  13. Well Happy Stinken’ Birthday! xD

    I admit – I don’t mind getting older either. For me it means getting told no less! However, I have a very large dislike for the parties. For me, if the day floats by without a whisper – It’s a successful birthday for me!

    I’m am so glad to hear you fully enjoyed your day. Here’s to many more!

  14. Happy birthday … here’s to another year of adventures and memory making.

  15. Debra Eve

    Love that cake and you at 11! Happy Birthday, Susie!

  16. Awesome post, and happy birthday Susie :)

  17. What a beautiful post.
    Happy Birthday, baby.

  18. Fantastic and refreshing outlook, and Happy Happy Birthday!

  19. Corey

    Happy Birthday Susie! I wish you a great one. I have nothing snarky to say about this feel-good birthday post.

    My gift is a choice of new initalisms for you:
    WT (Wild Thang)
    WO (Wild One)
    TOWDMWT (The One Who Does Many Wild Thangs).

    One of those will catch on.

  20. I love that you embrace and CELEBRATE your birthday – YOU GO GIRL!!! Enjoy Your Special Day:)

  21. Happy Birthday Susie! May many more “Wild Rides” be in your future!!

  22. lynnkelleyauthor

    Happy Happy Birthday to you, Susie! What a wonderful attitude you have about aging. And all those awesome surprise parties! So much fun. I remember my 8th birthday, and I had my choice of having my first birthday party (inviting friends) or having the ugly mole on my neck removed. I chose the party and lived with the ugly mole for another 20 years! Haha! I just passed the mid 50s point, and when anyone complains about turning 50, I tell them that the 50s rock and to enjoy these years!

    • Aren’t you glad you kept your “beauty mark and partied instead?” They really came into style when Cindy Crawford came on the scene!
      I think everyone should enjoy each year we get. I have had some close calls in my life and am very happy to be here!!
      Thanks so much Lynn!

  23. Happy happy birthday to you, Susie! Loved this post, you’re so full of life and fun! Hope you have a truly amazing day and many, many more birthdays to come!

  24. Happy Birthday! Instead of counted candles, the candle size increases for me, now somewhere just shy of redwood.

    Have a great time, and here’s to you getting pressed. Um, uh… you know what I mean. :-)

  25. Happy birthday!! Cause a little trouble, have a lot of fun, laugh until it hurts. You may not look younger, but you will definitely feel younger. Young enough to know better and too old to care!

  26. Wow – that cake has some serious candles! I’d love to see it all lit up!

    I’m rapidly approaching the half century mark and not worried about it a bit. I dont look, feel, or act my real age so no worries.

    When I was a child I wasn’t allowed to celebrate birthdays (or anything else for that matter) so when I had my first apartment and started observing my own traditions, I LOVED birthday parties. So much so that I had several a year just to catch up for the ones I’d lost. Now I have a week-long celebration and enjoy every minute of it.

    My husband will take me on that Disney cruise for my 50th birthday if he knows what’s good for him. Again, a week-long celebration. And better yet, at sea! He’s got about two years to plan it all.

    Thanks for sharing and embracing the real you. Happy birthday my friend!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • That is so awesome Patricia! You rock! Birthdays are special and it is so great that you are looking forward to another milestone. I always will too!
      Thank you so very much my new friend!

  27. Noel Tendick

    I’m glad you wear you wrinkles with pride, they are indeed markers of life lived (I certainly don’t want to give this body back without some signs of wear). A great spot in space to be born, best wishes for your next trip around the sun!

    • Thanks so much Noel! I really like the correlation with one year as a trip around the sun. That is so cool! It really does make it seem like a wild ride when you put it that way! Awesome!

  28. Get back to me when you have grandkids in college, like I do. Seriously, how could you ever age when you live so close to ski slopes and, unlike Piper, know how to get there and what to do when you do.

  29. What a great post about your birthday :) Happy Birthday!!

    Most of mine are low key now, but I do remember the big and wild ones. I like that you enjoy the wrinkles you get and that you wear them like a badge on your “Wild Ride”. I tend to have that same view about gray hair.

    You can check it out if you want to

    • Awesome! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! Luckily, I go to the hair dresser to cover any wild white ones….the wrinkles? I don’t have too many, but the ones I have, I am very cool with. If they start coming in 10 at a time, then I will pull out my handy clothes pins! Hahaha!
      I will read you post when I have time tomorrow! Thanks for sharing~

  30. Happy Birthday, Susie! I’ve got one son in college (the other two still at home), so I know what you mean about schedules, haha! Enjoy!

  31. Happy birthday. Wonderful read.

  32. Melissa

    Happy Birthday! I think that birthdays should be seen as a marking point of how many great things you have done and experienced in the last year. Keep the numbers out of it, no one I know “acts their age” anyway. =)

  33. I’m with you, Susie. Aging means we move forward better, thanks to the experiences and lessons we’ve gained. I embrace the lines around my eyes–evidence of smiles!

    Happy, beautiful birthday to you!!!

  34. We get smarter with each passing year, so embrace them all until you are a genius! Happy Birthday and enjoy all you have to celebrate : )

  35. Hahahaha, have a blast & have a wonderful birthday!!!

  36. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah… it’s all over facebook too… everywhere you go… it’s Suzie’s Birthday! Congrats and lots more!!! Pretty as a Pic in that beautiful dress.

  37. Susie,
    First of all, happy birthday! 2nd, please tell Danny to stop showing up every man who reads your blog.A DJ, and a dance floor? Che Palle! I would love my birthday too if my family rocked it like this. At my 40th bday my brother and I got in a shouting match in a restaurant and he stormed out and left us all there eating in silence. I would gladly take the DJ. Happy Birthday to one of my favorite writers on the web and one of the luckiest :-)

  38. Hi Susie, I see you’ve solved the secret to eternal youth already: A smile and clothes pegs. I really hope you get freshly pressed and also like the change of scenery. Well done you and very many happy returns. xx

  39. What a great B’Day post Susie, fun and full of lovely stories
    Wish you a very happy birthday :)

  40. I need to dye my hair hahahaha
    NO pole though.. Last year when I turned 60 I said if anyone did anything I would scream so they did not.. I like to suffer in silence hahaha

  41. Happy Happy Birthday!!! At first I thought the last cake was yours! I did not know you were a pole dancer! LOL

  42. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Suzzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeee. Happy Birthday to you. You’re a wonderful celebration of life. (Oohwee, I’m hoarse and still out of breath from singing that last note. Phew!)

  43. hippy bathday you !!!!

  44. Danny Lindau

    Happy Birthday Susie,

    The best part of “Susie’s Wild Ride” is that I get to go along!

    Love Danny

  45. Great. Happy Bday! My best surprise was for forty…Sat. morning in bed my husband said hurry MB/my sister has to go to the hospital. So I raced to the basement to see her and lo and behold 30 people are staring and singing to me in my bathrobe, thankfully my hair looked good from the night before, else I would have smacked Mike a good one.I am better than ever and I’m only 37, well maybe 38…who cares my grandmother always quoted Jack Benny and he never aged.

    • Our husbands are well-intentioned anyway! You must have gone from panic to shock with that birthday surprise. Wow!
      Gotta love Jack Benny’s ageless humor..Thanks Gardenlilie!

  46. Good morning and a big Happy Birthday hug to you, Susie! You’ve had some wonderful birthdays through the years and I’ve no doubt this will be another one of them.. gown or no gown! xoxo

  47. Happy birthday, Susie! I love the hats in the one picture. I need to borrow your attitude about aging; I am totally freaking about turning 30 on the 30th (never thought I would care this much)! My husband is surprising me with some sort of adventure on the 28th, but I’m not allowed to try to guess what it is… pray for me! ;)

    • You’ll have a blast. I am way older than you, so party like a teenager. That was only a couple of years ago for you. I plan to and it was a long time ago for me!
      Thanks Jules!

  48. Congratulations! I enjoyed this post and am wishing you more sprouting of white hairs–if it’s associated with huge fun and merry heart. Many more years ahead. Have a Blast!!!

  49. I love this post and happy birthday you young thing!!!!

  50. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yes, I screamed that, because not only are birthdays worth celebrating, but you are as well!

  51. Julie Catherine

    Happy Birthday, Susie – enjoy an extra special, awesome day! :)

  52. Happy Birthday! Wonderfully positive piece about ageing, I agree it’s better to appreciate the length and enjoy it while it’s there! Here’s to many more candles on your cake, and to more good times to come. :-)

  53. Happy Birthday Susie and don’t ever lose that positive attitude. It fills in those litle potholes of life that we seem to experience every once in a while.

  54. i’m not good with attention. i don’t like birthdays or getting christmas gifts. it must have been something from my childhood, barely ever getting any attention, so i’m not accustomed to it. you have been warned to never give me a surprise party. ok?

  55. happy birthday & happy always!!!
    peace & fun,

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