Even though these photos are not randomly chosen,
It seems kind of random how birthdays bring you into the future and into the past
Remembering all the birthdays before
Who did I celebrate with?
What was important to me then?
How much has changed?
What has stayed the same?
What are my fondest birthdays of yesteryear?
Sleepovers, Balto, Pizza nights, gingerbread houses, the Blizzard of ’96
Eating out with a few friends
Choosing the menu that Mom will prepare at home
Actually having an 18th birthday party with food, games, and music
A glass of chardonnay with grandma as she reminisces at the Pub in her retirement home for my 21st
Climbing a volcano, getting my eyebrow pierced, getting free cake and a T-shirt in Guatemala
Building a magical tent-fort in the living room with twinkly lights in Missouri while watching Avatar the Last Air Bender and eating cheese cake brownies
Ellicott City with my friends
Watching Tangled and Coloring
Baking my own Cupffins
So many fond memories
The common theme
Celebrating with someone
Showing love and sharing love
The beauty of life
And seeing all the good and fun we can have
even in the little adventures