My Birthday Wish? Sixty More Minutes

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

Chuck Norris. Sharon Stone. Carrie Underwood.

What do I have in common with these celebrities? It’s definitely not their fame and certainly not their fortunes. I’m sure there isn’t a whole lot that we have in common, but there is one very important thing we share: March 10. Although the years and locations vary, we all entered the world on the same day of the same month.

I can’t speak for my fellow birthday buddies, but I’ve always enjoyed my birth date. Ten is a nice, even number – easy to remember for those who tend to forget – and March is full of promises that better weather is just around the corner. I have so many friends and acquaintances who celebrate birthdays in March; hardly a day goes by that I’m not sending someone happy birthday wishes. Not to mention, my best friend celebrates her wedding anniversary every St. Patrick’s Day (remember my “O’Green Day” Going Too Far? post from last year?) and a second anniversary is soon to be added when another friend says “I do” on the 23rd.

I’ve always celebrated well on my birthday. From roller skating and bowling bashes to sleep overs and surprise parties, not a March 10th has gone by that wasn’t celebrated in my honor. This year I’m planning to enjoy a night out on Saturday, celebrating with a cousin (whose special day is today, just 48 hours before mine) and our group of friends, followed by lunch at my parents on Sunday before heading to the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game that evening.

So what would I like for my birthday this year, you ask? Well, with all of the fun planned for this weekend I’d really like to keep the hour of sleep we’re scheduled to lose at 2 a.m. on Sunday when Daylight Saving Time begins. Maybe I’m already turning into a grumpy old lady, but I’ve learned that productive days can no longer be followed by late nights; I need a little more time to recuperate than I used to! Not to mention, I feel slightly cheated by losing an hour on my birthday. After all, this will be my last 20-something birthday to celebrate, something I’d rather not have rush by so quickly! Even if the time was spent sleeping off the fun from the night before, those lost 60 minutes would be my ideal birthday present this year.

Of course I’ll also accept gift cards, personal checks or cash.

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