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On behalf of my birthday week, I would like to look back at my past birthday experiences and see which were the best ones. From all the positive ones, I would have to say my 18th birthday at my residential program in Massachusetts was the best one so far, for I had my friends playing “Luz jeopardy” and many other party games, we had a great home cooked meal made by my mother, and the staff member assigned to me even wrote me a personalized song since my personalized hoodie and shirt shipping took too long. I can still recall some of the song lyrics to this day that started with “It’s your birthday, now your 18, your Luzinator, I’m Marieskee, (a nickname I had named a staff named Marie). Now, 5 years later I am glad to see where life has taken me and the tremendous progress I have made.
On another note, I remember a birthday party I had when I turned 9 in which I ate so much junk food that I woke up vomiting in the middle of the night and accidentally did so on my brand new Hello Kitty slippers. I was so frustrated in the morning, as those were one of the gifts I had received at my party. My mom threw them in the washing machine, but from that night on you could always tell which one of them had gotten vomit on them due to the discoloration. 🙁
What are some of your most remarkable birthday memories?
One of my best birthday memories was in middle school. I can’t remember if it was 6th or 7th grade, I believe it was 6th grade. My mom had thrown a party for all of my friends to join and we played GREAT games. I remember one of the games was called “the cracker game” where we stuffed saltine crackers in our mouths then had to say a tongue twister before going onto the next obstacle. My friends and I had a ton of fun! Come to find out, there were games played that some of my friends have still to this day never forgot! Credit to my mom for thinking of such fun activities!!
I love playing games such as the ones you mentioned. Not that one specifically, but games that can be passed down through the years that are just as fun to play when we are 12 than they are to play now that I am 23. Some games that I have kept playing over the years is a Hispanic version of Scattegories, which is really similar except that for each letter you choose you have to provide the same information each time, there isn’t a new list. Therefore, if you play 8 rounds, that means that you have to find a name, last name, thing, fruit or vegetable, brand, animal, color, and other categories beginning with the same chosen letter. In addition, I really enjoyed these past holidays for Facebook inspired a few new family games to play like trying to open up a really tightly packaged present with oven mitts while the next person is trying to roll a double and getting you to pass the present to them so they can attempt to get what’s inside. To me, games with family and friends are very fun overall.
I cant exactly recall having a remarkable birthday in my 22 years of life (23 this month) but hey I am still here – thats something to celebrate. If I should say I had any great day, I would go back to maybe my 7th Birthday when I got a car and a box of KFC. Man, that was my favorite meal back then, lol. And the car (toy) was a surprise so that placed a smile on my face.
But year after year I think my birthdays were getting a little harder for me. But having moved here to the states, alot has changed. I am beginning to appreciate life and it means progress.
I appreciate your genuineness when sharing your post, because I feel many people would simply sugarcoat a situation like yours and perhaps not be brave enough to share the truth about how hard your birthdays were becoming for you. I also am glad that you are genuinely grateful for simply being here today. As you mentioned having moved to the states, where did you move from? Also, how old were you when you moved and what kind of progress has that meant?
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