Thursday, August 12, 2010

A birthday and sibling rivalry

I have this (free!) iPhone app called 31 Seconds. Everyday it tells me famous birthdays, when the sun rises and sets, a little history tidbit, and a quote.

Today's quote I loved:

"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great." -Ray Charles

Now, I don't always blog on family birthdays... but I think this quote perfectly describes my Dad, who as fate would have it is having a birthday today. He strives to be great both for his family and at work, but he never wants any recognition for it.

Well, too bad, because I'm the boss around these parts. So today you get recognized.

THANKS DAD FOR EVERYTHING! YOU'RE THE BEST! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I also wanted to add at this time how a normal birthday goes in our family. See, my siblings and I tend to be very competitive, and I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point it became a competition to be the first person to wish the birthday boy or girl happy birthday.

So a normal birthday call goes like this:

Ring, ring...

"Hello?"

"HAPPPPPYYYY BIRTHDAY!!!"

"Thanks, (insert name of caller)"

"So how does it feel to be (insert age of birthday family member here)?"

"Not much different than any other day."

"I know what you mean. So.... did I win??"

"(Laughing) yes, yes you did." or "Nope sorry, (insert winner's name here) beat you too it! Better luck next birthday."

These may not be the most heartfelt or sappy birthday calls on the planet... but we have fun. I LOVE my family :)

Oh, and just for the record, today I totally won :)

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