Do you remember what it was like as a kid when your birthday rolled around?
My mom would ask me what kind of cake I wanted, and she’d make it herself. She would buy cake tins for Soundwave (Transformers), R2-D2, and a few others I can’t remember. Friends would come over, games would be played, cake and homemade ice cream would be eaten.
What an experience. Summer birthdays are awesome.
Of course, I’d also get gifts. I remember when I got … well … no, I don’t. I had toys, I played with toys, and I had lots of fun playing with toys.
But I’ve reached a point in my life that I don’t want for gifts (much). I don’t want more things in the house, but less. The exact opposite is true for experiences, however. As a busy parent in the Great Recession, there aren’t as many opportunities as I’d like right now for life experiences. Be it time, or money, those types of things are harder to come by these days.
Given the choice, I’d take an experience (or aÂ surprise; I loveÂ enigmaticÂ events)Â of any kind over any tangible gift every time. Let the kids have the gifts.
Today is my birthday. I am thirty-six years old. No need to say theÂ obligatoryÂ words.
And no gifts, please.