It's tradition to do family supper for birthdays but since I am already too busy during the week to even write this post (but I'm doing it anyway), we gathered Sunday night to celebrate.
Reason #847 that my Seester is awesome:
If you were a fan of Arrested Development, you already know that Annyong is Korean for "hello." If you missed the "You had me at hello" reference, to you I say, "Seriously, you've never seen Jerry Maguire???" (Sidebar: apparently, the clerk at the t-shirt place had never heard of either as the shirt my sister gave her came back reading "You had me at annoying." That shirt has now been relegated to pyjamas or for wearing on Dadaism Tuesdays.)
With a birthday celebrated two days in advance, there was, of course, debate whether or not presents would be given or kept until the actual day.
Mum: Well, I already gave her one so...
Dad: Oooh, can I give her mine today?
Mum: Yours? It's from both of us...
Dad: Yeah, but I bought it.
At this point in the conversation, Mother gives Father an incredible death glare that translates as "shut up or she'll figure out what it is!"
Curiosity piqued! Father picked out my gift? Whatever could it be? I certainly didn't think it would be this:
If you read this weblog regularly, you've likely figured out I'm a *bit* of a hockey fan. A sweater was needed, wanted and is oh so appreciated... I've always had a soft spot for goalies. Also, while the smallest size they had, it's big on me and, wearing it, I feel about the same size as I was when Father took me to my first game oh so many years ago. The feeling has a sweet nostalgia to it that reminds me why I treasure my family and am thankful for moments, both small and large.
Dad: I almost got you a Leafs jersey...
Me: That would've been pretty cool, too.
Dad: ...but I couldn't think of a player in Toronto that anyone's heard of.
I almost fell off my chair laughing. Sad, but true. I love Boston for the feel-good times and old-time's sake, and Toronto because they keep me humble. Perpetually.
Great birthday. Hope you had a great un-birthday (or birthday, as the case may be!)