posted on December 10, 2013 by Jaycie Cash

They’re Not Birthdays Anymore, They’re Anniversaries

happyanniversaryI’ve reached that magical age.

My birthday was last week and instead of mentioning my actual age, perish the thought, I called it the anniversary of my 29th birthday.

Since I stole this idea from a friend of mine, I bequeath its use to you.

The beauty of this approach is you can be as specific or as general as you like . . . or can stand. For example, if you are, say, 49 and you don’t mind anyone knowing, you can refer to it as the 20th anniversary of your 29th birthday, or the 28th anniversary of your 21st birthday, or even the 31st anniversary of your 18th birthday.

Pick a birthday, any birthday, and as long as you can do the math, or have a calculator at hand, you can have your own anniversary of a gone but not yet forgotten birthday.

Of course, if you prefer, you can just call it the anniversary of whatever birthday you choose, without getting more specific. After all, whose business is it anyway? Let ‘em guess  . . . if they dare.

It goes without saying if they have any class at all they won’t guess aloud.

Or, you can always take my aunt’s approach and wait for someone to be gauche enough to actually ask your age, then look them straight in the eye and say “Guess.” Keep staring until they either break out in a sweat, guess a number at least a decade lower than what they’re thinking, or both.

Serves ‘em right.

If they’re older than 21 they’re old enough to know better than to ask. If they’re not smart enough to avoid that question at all cost, however, it’s past time for them to learn this valuable life lesson.

But only if they’re planning on living long enough to celebrate an anniversary of their favorite birthday a decade or two in the future.

WHAT ABOUT YOU, DO YOU FESS UP TO YOUR AGE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY? WHICH BIRTHDAY’S ANNIVERSARY DO YOU CELEBRATE?  A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER, WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.

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17 thoughts on “They’re Not Birthdays Anymore, They’re Anniversaries”

  1. Debbie Oxier says:

    I am 59 years old and not worried about fessing up to it. Letting other people know how old I am doesn’t bother me. Nor does the fact I will soon turn 60. It happens to everyone so I am not alone.

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Can’t argue with you, Debbie. You’re absolutely right on all counts. Thanks for chimin’ in!!

  2. Amy P says:

    I’m 42 now and I fess up . . . how else could I complain about it? :o)

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      An excellent point I hadn’t considered, Amy. Thanks for raising it!

  3. Raquel M. says:

    This post made me laugh. I have been “21” for 16 years.

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      LOL! Funny about how the reasons for wanting to be 21 change before and after you actually are, huh! Thanks for a good laugh!

  4. Melissa D says:

    No way! I’m “29.99.”

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Melissa, I like the way you do math! Thanks for joining the conversation.

  5. Marguerite Guinn says:

    I am not ashamed to tell my age! Of course when you calculate the age of my older children, you will know that I have to be at least…….?

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Marguerite, My mom and I had an understanding: I stayed 29 and she remained 49. If either of us moved from there we ran the risk of ruining things for the other. Thanks for the comment!

  6. I am 73 and proud that I am still here to celebrate another year. My goal is to try for 100.

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Barbara, My money’s on you making your goal! Just hope I’m still around to help you celebrate. Enjoy!

  7. Jana Ferguson says:

    I have just turned 58 in October and happy to tell it… as my grandmother always said tis better to become another year older.. than not!

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Grandmother knew of what she spoke, Jana. She had a definite point!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. Tammy Hils says:

    I’ll be 49 next month. I don’t mind admitting my age.

    1. Jaycie Cash says:

      Good for you, Tammy. Happy early birthday! Enjoy!!

  9. Tammy Hils says:

    I don’t mind admitting I will be 49 next month.

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