Good day, ballroomies! It’s my birthday today. Yes, I am a Libra. (BIG SURPRISE.) And nope, I don’t mind getting older (though my knees do).
My post today has a two-part intro.
Part I – Pay It Forward
I’ve never been much for celebrating my day with a party. I’m that extrovert-introvert combo who loves people yet chose not one but two careers that require lots of isolation — scholarship and writing. Attending parties in my honor makes me all kinds of shy and nervy. So instead I celebrate the effort made by my mother and the Great Creator to bring me into this world by doing something for somebody else. I used to donate blood to the American Red Cross. It was easy, and in the evening when I popped the champagne the buzz hit me wicked quick. (A girl’s gotta do…) Then I lived in Europe during the Mad Cow scare and now they won’t accept my platelets and plasma. *sniffle* That, however, leaves me with lots of other options!
Part II – One Wish
Everybody should make at least one wish on her birthday–serious and profound or frivolous and fun, whatever the birthday girl likes! So today I gathered my sister authoresses in the ballroom to ask them their fondest wishes, both serious and silly.
Kate, laptop perched on her knees: “My one wish? To get all my work done! Also, I would like there to be more more candy corn in the grocery stores. It’s too tempting.”
Lauren, hiding behind a potted palm: ”I feel very strongly about not sharing wishes, because if you do they don’t come true!”
Miranda, long-distance as she hops a plane: “Frivolous wish: That on my flight back to the US today I will be bumped up to First Class. It has never happened to me but I live in hope. Serious wish: That people all over the world would stop treating their fellow humans so cruelly.”
Sabrina, cuddling Baby Darby: ”My wishes all seem to revolve around the new addition. My serious wish: To be the mother my little boy needs. My fun wish: To have an awesome driving trip in 2014 with my family.”
Sarah: “My wish it for the rest of the year to go by as slowly as possible — I need as much time as possible to get ready for motherhood (and to finish a book before Baby Mac gets here!)!”
Tessa: “Frivolous wish: I want Hermione Granger’s time turner from the Harry Potter books. I might even use it to take a class in Runes. Serious wish: That worldwide, all girls would have the same rights and opportunities for education, employment, and government participation as boys do. I think it would go a long way toward solving a myriad of other problems.”
All excellent wishes! Now, dear guests, it’s your turn.
What is your One Wish? Feel free to share both a frivolous wish and a serious wish if you like. Today, to celebrate my birthday, I will honor one randomly chosen* wish from your comments. Happy wishing!
*If I cannot for some reason fulfill the first wish that our randomizer chooses, I’ll move on to the next, then the next, etc. until the randomizer finds one that I can fulfill.