Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy half birthday to me!

Of course you all know this already, but today's my half birthday. For a few years, when I was pretty little, my mom bought me a celebratory cupcake on my half birthday. Whenever I tell people this story, they say, "Wow, you really were an only child, weren't you?"

Why yes, yes I was.

Fellow only children: did you get half birthday cupcakes too?


Blogger BS said...

No half birthday cupcakes, but since tomorrow's my birthday birthday, I'm crossing my fingers for an ice cream cake.

6:15 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Damn, BS. I knew it was your birthday tomorrow (it's written in my planner, I swear!), but now it's going to seem like I only remembered because you reminded me... :)

7:18 PM  
Blogger paducci said...

people only want integers rounded up/down according to the standard rules of rounding. you must now round up when telling people your age.

i am a dork.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous rotorglow said...

Fellow only children: did you get half birthday cupcakes too?

No, I did not. But half-birthdays were acknowledged (something along the lines of "It's your half-birthday today") and I used to think that mine was the only family that did that.

It's nice to know I was mistaken about that. But I would have settled for a cupcake.

Oh...happy half-birthday.

PS: no way am I rounding up.
PPS: Only children rule.

9:00 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

I think the only reason I remembered my half birthday is because I had to pay my rent, and so I wrote the date on the check.

I'm not rounding up, despite what the rules of integers say. (Remember when you were little and you'd give your age as "seven and three-quarters" or whatever?)

Really? Do you think we (ie, only children) really rule? I don't know. What about all of the sharing issues? And the avoidance of conflict? (Hmm. Perhaps I'm just talking about my own issues here.)

11:23 PM  
Anonymous joanna said...

I remembered it was your half birthday, but now its going to seem like I only remembered because you posted about it.

8:49 AM  
Blogger fabulous girl said...

I have to say that, as only children go, you may have been slightly more only than the rest of us. As my mother still says, One is enough! Seriously though, I'd be happy to split a cupcake sometime today ...

In terms of issues, my parents were always super particular about manners, so sharing hasn't been an issue for me. I find that the many children tend to share less because they're used to competition for the last cupcake, so will wolf it down whole rather than offering to split it. I definitely avoid conflict, but I'm not sure if that's an only issue or not - we should ask CK. I do know that I have issues with expectations - living up to them and having them for others, & I think that's a result of being the sole focus. Or it could just be an East Coast WASP thing. So many variables to blame things on ...

10:43 AM  
Anonymous rotorglow said...

Yeah, I think we rule. Balanced against the classic sharing "issues" is a certain amount of self-sufficiency (I think). And anyway, some only-children share things very well, per "the FG's" (may I call you that? I hardly know you....) statement about competing for the last cupcake.

So. To recap: only children rule.

And to repeat: when the time comes in a few weeks, I'm still not rounding up, no-way, no-how.

8:19 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...

I'm really not good at sharing - but when I'm thinking of sharing, I'm mostly focusing on food. (I don't mind sharing food if I KNOW I am going to be sharing. But if you ask for one of the last bites of something I'm eating, there will be problems. [I also normally save the things I like best for last.]) So maybe this has nothing to do with only child-ness.

I think you're right about the self-sufficiency. I can entertain myself pretty well, at the very least.

And yes! about the expectations for myself and others. But I am also from the East Coast. (Not exactly a WASP, though...)

8:33 AM  
Blogger BS said...

I fully agree re: cupcake sharing. In fact, I have problems sharing food because I'm not agressive enough. I eat very slowly and assume the other(s) will only eat their fair share, but having grown up with siblings, the manys often take as much as fast as they can and I end up with cupcake crumbs. :(

One downside - only children (or maybe just me) need more alone time than others. I go stark raving mad on trips if I don't get at least a walk in by myself. All of that being with people is exhausting!

2:34 PM  

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