Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is your most memorable birthday? Why?
- Bday Bonanza
Dear Birthday Party,
Probably my 17th birthday when all my friends planned a surprise party for me. I totally did not see it coming, which is a rare feat, if you know me.
But! I think the best person to tell stories about birthday memories is my grampa. He always makes sure that he does one super weird thing on a birthday for his kids. So, my aunt was woken up at 5 am and blindfolded and made to walk around in the freshly manured garden barefoot. My mom was lucky and was entered into a parade (as in, Grampa just started driving behind the parade and joined in!) I forget most of the rest, but I'm sure whatever he made my other aunts and uncles do, they'll never forget.
My 21st birthday where I had bronchitis, laryngitis, strep, the flu, and an ear infection... all on my mission.
My greenie was freaking out but I thought it was a rite of passage. Since when I was a greenie, my trainer lost her voice. I was afraid to speak up during lessons and said almost nothing. God taught me how to teach! I had to teach the Law of Chastity to a single man in his 20s over the phone (since there was a snowpocalypse and we were stuck in our apartment for two days). Not super fun. My greenie was also afraid to speak, so she had to teach all of the lessons. Then I tried to pipe up when I felt like I should.
ANYWAY, I remember one of the members in the ward gave me a huge balloon and some flowers. But it was kinda sucky. Don't remember much of it (although the overall feeling was memorable).
My Freshman year was my first birthday away from home and it was the first day of classes so I had 6 hours of class, had to purchase several hundred dollars of textbooks, and had a math pre-test for one of my classes. None of my high school friends lived in Provo and I hadn't really made any college friends yet so I didn't do anything all day.
And then at like 9:00 pm my cousin Auto Surf texted me and asked me what I did for my birthday. When I told her I hadn't done anything she took me out for ice cream. It was super nice because before then my B-day was basically the worst and she totally saved the day.
Not joking, I think this last birthday was my most memorable. I had a bad cold on my actual birthday, so I just invited a couple of people over and forced them to watch one of my favorite movies of all time, Josie and the Pussycats. Unbeknownst to me, my friends were also planning a surprise party for the next week. I didn't suspect anything because we were planning a surprise party for another of our friends at the time as well (it was scheduled for literally the Monday after the Friday of my surprise party).
It was the first surprise party I've ever had and it was really special to me. I literally was so touched that I started crying. They didn't invite a ton of people, as they knew I wouldn't want that. A few friends came that I hadn't seen in a long time. We played charades and then we watched another of my all-time favorite movies, Pacific Rim*. It was very cool of them and I could really feel that they all cared about me and loved me a lot.
Sorry this got super sappy, I just love my friends an entire ton.
*Look, don't @ me about how Pacific Rim is a bad movie. I know. It's a dumb action movie about robots beating up monsters, and that's what I like about it. It doesn't pretend to be something it isn't. It's just super fun. Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and some of the coolest monster designs thanks to Guillermo del Toro are just added bonuses.
When I was a kid, my eighth birthday was the gold standard of birthdays. I compared every year after that to it. Our family rule was that we could have a party on years when we turned an even number, so I know I had other parties, but my eighth birthday party is the only one I can really remember. My grandma was visiting and she made what I thought was the most beautiful butterfly cake for me and my friends. It was the shape of a butterfly from the side, which I remember thinking was particularly noteworthy. She decorated it with Red Vines and Skittles, and I couldn't have been more pleased.
My 23rd birthday was the most memorable, because it was awful.
I'd recently been dumped, I'd spent the previous night sleeping on the floor, a close friend of mine had died the day before, and it was the first day of my new job.
I was basically going through a breakdown so I didn't do anything for my birthday besides feel sorry for myself.
On a happier note, my 20th birthday was pretty great. My mom and I went to Reno, where we stayed at Circus Circus and played games, went to see Into the Woods, then had a delicious steak dinner. I ate a 20 oz one in honor of my 20th birthday.
Probably my 18th birthday. I was flying to Washington D.C. to compete in the national We The People competition with my high school team that morning. My friend snuck a present onto my lap while I was sleeping on the plane, so I woke up to a beautifully wrapped Dr. Who book bag. Exploring D.C. for the first time was just incredible. We got to meet with our state representative (who is now nationally known as a highly unlikely presidential nominee), and she congratulated me when my classmates told her it was my birthday. My dad accompanied us on the trip (he was our unofficial trainer and D.C. tour guide) and I really enjoyed spending my birthday with my friends and at least one family member. Overall though I just freaking love D.C. and it was just fantastic to become a legal adult in basically the city of my dreams.
-guppy of doom, a true political scientist