Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Birthdays and history

It is 20 years today since the ANC were unbanned in a monumentously historic announcement by then-president, FW de Klerk. It was my 15th birthday. I remember being incredibly proud that it happened on my birthday, and have to admit, that I still feel a little shudder of pride about it. Even better was when, 9 days later, on my mother's birthday, Mandela was released. In my up-your-own-arse teenage mind, I was directly involved in these wonderful moments.

Which, of course, leads us to the fact that I am 35 today. Middle aged. I'm not actually all that perturbed by age. It seems a silly thing to be hung up on because, really, what are you going to do about it? Stop time? A friend of my mother's has never told anyone her age. Bizarre. I plan to grow old gracefully (well, ok, I'm not exactly the most graceful creature* but you know what I mean) and be brazenly honest about my age.

Unfortunately, regardless of my Birthday Girl status, I have to be at Real Work, but I am not being particularly productive and am answering lovely birthday calls instead. I just got one from Aisha, my personal banker. Hmm... Funny thing is: I didn't even know I had a personal banker. I was going to say: "Thank you, but it might be better for you to spend more time improving the service at your bank, and less time phoning people to say Happy Birthday", but then I thought that'd be ungracious. Then I felt a little bad about not knowing when HER birthday is, to return the favour. Luckily another friend phoned, so my guilt flitted away like confetti on the breeze. Shows you what a solid character I am - focused is the word I like to use.

So, happy birthday to me. Who could ask for more than to wake up on one's birthday, loved, and be able to look forward to a lovely meal, al fresco, with delicious friends and delightful food, later?

*Understatement of the year


Angela said...

Herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch zum Geburtstag, Shiny! Oh, 35 is wonderful! Funny thing is, even when you`ll be my age one day (muffled noises)(so much to being always honest), you won`t feel much older in your mind. Your hands look somewhat different, but that`s about it. So, never worry about age.
And I`m sure we all owe you the big happenings on your birthday. Well done, Shiny!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

Rambler said...

I missed your birthday!!!

Yesterday was CRAZY! Hope it was insanely happy and look forward to the next 35!



Happy Happy Happy birthday lovely shiny person Lx
ps I can't seem to leave a message from my new blog so still old link on comment - ignore. New link is http://familyaffairsandothermatters.com

Shiny said...

Thank you all, it was a lovely day xxx