Today is Craig’s birthday and I couldn’t be happier his mother is here to celebrate with us. As much as the type of celebration we desire may change as we age, I can’t imagine someone not wanting to let this day pass by without some degree of recognition or fanfare, and being apart from friends and loved ones can be difficult.
This is the third birthday we’ve celebrated here in Japan (one for me and two for Craig) and we’ve done what we could to make each one special, whether we had company in town, celebrated with new friends or just spent the day with each other. I’ve been lucky to celebrate my birthday in many different cities and the key to making the day memorable has always been the attitude I approach it with. On some of those birthdays I was on top of the world while others arrived at a time I felt I had little to celebrate, but choosing to see them all as a fresh start and the beginning of another little adventure made each one more significant in its own way.
We’re doing our best to make new traditions here for birthdays, like purchasing our favorite cheesecake each time and letting the birthday boy or girl pick a place on their must-see list for the day’s activity. As always, we begin and end the day with text messages and FaceTime sessions (like the one Craig shared on the ferris wheel tonight with our sweet niece, Laynee) that somehow make the thousands of miles between us and our loved ones feel like only a few feet.
I’ve never doubted love is something that can be felt no matter the distance and with a little effort, we can end our birthdays feeling the day was no less filled with that love than it would have been back in the states.
Happy birthday, Craig. You are the reason I smile each day, the reason I feel brave each day and the reason I know no life would ever do but this one I have with you. Here’s to 28.