Happy Birthday-FTSF

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Friday is my birthday, so is Monday, and truth be known Tuesday is as well. My parents were of the “this-is-just-how-we-talk-to-each-other” school of communication, that is, they fought constantly. When any of their seven children (proof that they got along at least some of the time), complained that there was too much screaming in the house, they would claim “Shutup! this is just how we talk!” That wise bit of philosophical thinking led to a mulitplicity issue sometime around my fifteenth birthday. I was trying to get a working card for permission to become employed before the age of 16, and as in most households of the time with many children, I was missing pieces of my personal history. I needed a social security number and it turned out I hadn’t finished my early childhood vaccinations.

The day I went to city hall to get myself a social security number, I was handed what I thought was a pretty straight-forward form. I filled in my name, address and date of birth. Who knew I could fail the easiest part of the test? The woman behind the desk asked, “Don’t you know your own birthday?” Turns out I didn’t. My birth certificate actually said the day before the date I had written in. I protested, and she proceeded to take out my full records which were written in my mother’s sprawling handwriting-August 17. For the past fifteen years I had been celebrating on the 18th. What to do? What to do? I changed the form and called my mother who worked in the medical records office of the hospital where I was born.

To this day, everyone in my family calls and asks, “So when is your birthday? Is it the 17th or the 18th?” I don’t like going through the hassle of correcting everyone so I ignore the fact that no one remembers the day we checked it out at the hospital and the paperwork said it was the 14th.

Finish-the-Sentence-Friday-New-Pin-720-FUN This was FTSF. The cue was “When I think of birthdays…”

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17 thoughts on “Happy Birthday-FTSF

  1. Happy Birthday, Ivy–I won’t go into why this story is way too familiar to me…. May you celebrate wildly and still live to celebrate again! I’m baking today–so the muffins and banana-pineapple cake will all be in your honor–Hurrayyyy!!! xxoo ~ Valida

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  2. Happy happy birthday, Weeniebutt! And I say celebrate again on the 17th and the 18th. Also your mom owes you a present on each of the days as far as I’m concerned.

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  3. Happy Birthday! That is so funny to have so many possible dates for your birthday celebration each year. Did any of your siblings make such discoveries about their own birthdays? It is findings like yours that make family history research so interesting. What an interesting tale that will be retold through the years.

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  4. I say just celebrate all month, or even all year! Funny thing is, my dad could never remember my birthday, the date conflicted with one of his other “daughters”! LOL! But mine was easy to forget, being a week after Valentines Day. Have a great weekend!

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