Well yesterday was my birthday and as anyone who knows me will tell you
they never run very smoothly!
I've had a few corkers in the past, sometimes the day is celebrated and sometimes it passes in a blur of other family business (i.e. cricket business). Sadly my birthday lands at the most crucial time of the cricket season, when grudge matches are often played and when next years league positions can be decided.
I have had days when my birthday has clashed with a cricket match and therefore is largely forgotten.
There was the year in my early 20's when I turned up at the end of a match in the hope that we would at least be going out for a meal; and we did, in a way! The match had been crucial to that years league status apparently so there was a lengthy de-brief. It went on and on and on. Eventually we left for our meal about 10.30pm, and took 1 team member with us - there was a little more match play to discuss!
Another year the match was rained off halfway through, so I anticipated an evening out....however husband arrived home early, but with the entire team in tow!
I've had presents delivered to me in bed and then husband and 2 sons have had to leave for an early match before I finished opening them!
I have had a wonderfully diverse array of presents in the past, these range from opal earrings, 4 door handles, a diamond ring, a selection of things from late night Tesco (magazine, chocolate & flowers) and best of all a clipping from a newspaper advertising a trip to London with luxury hotel and West End show included, wonderful you're thinking.
But there was no trip, just the clipping, husband thought I could book it up if I fancied it!
I didn't bother!
Anyone who knows me can accurately choose a gift, I'm not difficult.
I like chocolates and flowers - flowers are always a winner.I like meals out - which can range from a bacon butty at the local greasy spoon
(one particularly hard-up birthday), a cream tea in a little tea room to any sort of restaurant.
I would love, if finances permit, a night away in a hotel. I love any kind of relaxing beauty treatments from a foot rub to a full blown spa experience.
I like to relax, I like to read and I generally like to lay around.
Life is hectic and we always put ourselves under pressure to do more, enlarge the business, save more. We rarely sit back and enjoy life - and I like to sit down, or better still lay down!
In my younger days I have done the occasional scary daredevil activity from white water rafting (I will do almost anything if I'm in water) to swinging on a Tarzan rope across a river and then jumping in. I have enjoyed many a roller coaster although now even the little ones make me feel queasy! But I am far from an adrenaline junkie, very far from it!
As my birthday approaches I get nervous and worried, no one asks what I 'd like, they prefer to surprise me - and boy was I surprised this year - and not in a good way!
It started a little strangely with a card from number 1 son -
That final word is best said in a strong Norfolk accent!
It's a fairly accurate description of me if not an accurate picture!
I had a lovely card from number 2 son which he'd ordered online to include a photo of himself and the words "little monster".
Little Miss had made her own card which was gorgeous.
I had a packet of Thornton's fudge from number 1 son, as much of a surprise to him as it was to me - he'd clearly not seen it before I'd opened it!
And some of my favourite hand cream from Little Miss and Number 2 son.
There were also flowers, a gorgeous bunch of sweet smelling Lilies.
and then the final "big" present, eager looks all around as I opened the envelope.....
Whatever possessed them? I have never had a desire (nor ever will have) to parachute anywhere, attached to anyone! All I could mutter was "Why?"
I am completely flabbergasted, there are two things I've always said I would never do and they are bungee jump and parachute jump! What were they thinking?
My friend did one a year or so ago and assured me that the tandem partner was great, she had a tiny crush on "strap on Steve" - I believe that was his name!
The only answer I got from The Builder when I asked why was that he thinks I should challenge myself from time to time!
I looked around at their faces and without any hesitation I think I would consider myself challenged enough already!
So tell me, what was your worst/most memorable gift? Please tell me I'm not alone!