Hmmm. Never really placed a lot of expectations on birthdays before. When I was younger, I remember staring at other kids whose parents threw them birthday parties inviting all the kids in class and the neighbourhood, with all the elaborate games and stuff… and feeling a strange mixture of melancholy and a tinge of envy at why I never got that kinda thing.
Not that I never had my birthday celebrated. It’s almost religiously done so, but mainly by my folks. I… sorta treat it as just another day, and I’m happy when friends remember it… but I’ve gotten used to them wishing me happy birthday days to weeks before or after the fact. And I kinda realized what a hassle parties really are, with too much logistics involved for too little gain, sometimes, so… I don’t think I’ve ever had a party proper, in that sense. Not a bad thing. lolz
This year’s… was rather different though…