A friend of mine called on me last week because her birthday was coming up, and her hubby was gone. We had a fun dinner at my house, and then an impromptu trip to Mohegan sun. We didn't win anything, but fun was had by all, and hopefully she had a special day.
Birthdays in my family have always been important. I think of a birthday as your own personal holdiay. Everyone celebrates differently, but in my family growing up, one of the birthday traditions was getting to choose every meal for the day. This wasn't quite as much of a treat for mom, as it was for the kids, and now that I do most of the cooking its not such a big deal, because I choose the meals every day. But as twelve year old, it was nice getting whatever you wanted for the day.
Even though, I will probably spend my next birthday alone, I am lucky to have a fantastic group of friends who be there to make sure my birthday is not a lonely day!