A Post in Which I May or May Not Brag About My Birthday

…I don’t like to brag, but, my birthday was yesterday. Yay!!!!

My birthday is one of my favorite days of the year. And it’s not because it’s all about me and I get to eat unmonitored amounts of cake. I like my birthday because it’s a time that family and friends get together and we all have a really nice time. And that’s special.

Turning 17 has been a real eye-opener. It’s finally hitting me that this is my last year of being a child. In 364 days I will be an adult, someone who can vote and go to jail. Wrapping my head around it is proving to be impossible. I’m only a ninth of the way around!

It was a really lovely birthday though. I woke up and had a lovely breakfast of croissants, jam, and berries (which is so delicious) and opened half of my presents. Then I went to school where I got the “best friend treatment”. For all of you who have a best friend, you will relate to this well. On your birthday, your best friend will: try to embarrass you and shower you with presents. Yesterday I received a balloon, a poster (which is beautifully decorated and has every single inside joke we’ve ever had), a chocolate bar, a chocolate tulip, The Hulk pop rocks, and a The Avengers puzzle. I hit the best friend jackpot. After school I went to Dairy Queen with my two best friends and we ate ice cream for three hours. Then I had dinner with my parents at a nice restaurant in my town. I opened the rest of my presents after dinner (at 9 o’clock) and finally climbed into bed, exhausted.

It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. I spent time with my favorite people in the world. And really, as great as getting presents is, what makes a birthday special to me is getting to spend time with the people I love. I’ve had some great birthday parties in the past (seeing Ella Enchanted, being princesses, an Easter egg hunt) but what made them really great parties was just being around people I generally enjoy.

Oh, and I also got this amazing gift, so it was pretty great! It’s a Pop Phone, which is basically a phone that you can plug into your iPhone to make long phone calls more comfortable. It’s my most favorite thing I have ever owned.

What is your favorite thing about birthdays? What makes them special to you?

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