Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Less Than Happy Birthday

Today is my 32nd birthday. It is without question one of my worst two birthdays ever and probably the worst. The top two bad birthdays on my list were both spent alone in another country. This one is harder from that perspective because I have a wife and child. This is my first birthday as a father, and I won't get to spend it with Braden. Since I have been married Arica has been more excited about my birthdays than me. I will miss her a lot on this birthday as well.

The other bad birthday in case you were wondering was September 13, 2001. Yes I had a birthday 2 days after the darkest day in American history. On top of all the bad feelings permeating my world those days, I was also by myself in Bangkok, Thailand. Far from home was not where anyone wanted to be at that time. It was a time to be close to friends and loved ones. That birthday was terrible too, but at least I wasn't missing out on time with my wife and son. I hadn't met Arica yet, and before Arica there was certainly no Braden.

I found a picture in my archives that pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. Too bad that picture was taken in the Virgin Islands, and I am currently in Scotland. On the plus side the sun shines in Scotland an unbelievable 27 days a year.

13 comments:

Manic Mommy said...

Sorry you're alone on your birthday. You can celebrate when you get home - for two reasons. Happy Birthday, just the same.

otin said...

That just sucks! I really don't know your entire story? You are in Scotland for work? For how long?

Melisa with one S said...

Happy birthday anyway? Sorry you're having an awful time without the family. I bet the homecoming celebration will more than make up for it. I hope it does!

Baby News said...

Being alone on your birthday sucks. I hate to hear that. And to make it worse, no sunshine? Oh, I couldn't handle it.

Anonymous said...

I am Roberts wife Arica and I hope he has the best possible birthday without us, but I can assure everyone that he will a great coming home and birthday party from me and Braden when he gets back because he deserves it for all he does for us. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WE LOVE YOU!

JonnyTam13 said...

Sorry your down, but happy birthday!! There's gotta be SOMETHING good in Scotland, no?

surprised mom said...

I read Arica's comment so I know your birthday celebration when you get home will be a wonderful one. I hope that's soon.
In the mean time I'll just pass along Happy Birthday wishes.

WeaselMomma said...

I hope that through the power of Skype that your birthday becomes a happier one.

Rob said...

Happy Birthday man amd I hope you try to have the best day you can even without the family.

Captain Dumbass said...

Happy Crappy Belated Birthday.

Janie Woods said...

I feel your pain. My ex and I spent exactly three out of 13 anniversaries together, I ALWAYS missed my middle son's birthday until he was 10 and my birthday? It worked out that I was home every other year for it. So, I agree with Captain Dumbass...Happy Crappy Birthday to you!! Drink a pint for me!!

Scott said...

Happy belated birthday. I hope things start looking up for you. Seems like you've been a bit down lately.

It's good to see (from the comments) that your wife seems very supportive.

PJ Mullen said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you. I hope you are home soon. I've been away with no net access to speak of, so I'm way behind on blogs.