Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ivy Jane

"Because time itself is like a spiral,
something special happens on your birthday each year;
the same energy that God invested in you at birth
is present once again."
Menachem Mendell Schneerson

I've said it before and I'll undoubtedly say it again, I love birthdays. For lots of reasons, but mainly because it's the one day a year that it's socially acceptable to say, "Hey world, Look at me!" And even if you throw caution to the wind and act in ways that your friends and family might look down their noses at on other days, on your birthday you can pretty much get away with anything.

I feel sorry for people who have birthdays right around Christmas. How could they not get cheated out of the wonder of one or the other? I think December birthdays are the perfect excuse to celebrate an "un-birthday" at another time of the birthday person's choosing.

And perhaps, in the years ahead, that's exactly what Miss Ivy Jane Wichansky will choose to do.

However, on the first day of the new year, in the new decade IJ turned two. I was not there to greet her on the day she was born, nor anywhere near on her following birth anniversaries. I have to enjoy this little beauty from afar. When I got his photo of the Birthday Queen I immediately felt that IJ epitomized how I feel about birthdays. Look how she closes her eyes as if to enhance the chocolaty goodness of food fit not only for the gods but for curly haired birthday girls. It almost makes me want to give myself a perm and dive into a vat of chocolate frosting.

I'm late in saying it, but Happy Birthday Ivy Jane! May your life always be full of the things that bring you great joy.

I wish for each of you something made of chocolate to put a smile on your face,

Merry ME

P.S. That quote might be one of my all time favorites.


Fire Byrd said...

What a little sweetie! How sad that you live so far away not to give her a hug and getcovereed in chocolate icing!
I agree with you about birthdays.I may have told you this before, but in my house I have birthday eve, birthday and birthday boxing day!!! And any other days I can eck out to have celebrations in that week.

swallowtail said...

Omigoddess! What a beautiful little Goddess!!!!