Thursday, 1 April 2010

The time Jesus stole my birthday

Birthdays are great aren’t they? That one special day when it’s all about you and everyone is nice to you and you can do whatever the hell you want.

Not for me.

I’ve had the unfortunate luck of being born at the beginning of April, along with apparently the entire population of the world.

Maybe it was all that summer loving that people get up in the month of August or maybe there’s truth in the notion that women are more fertile in that period and more likely to get pregnant and have their babies in the spring so they have the best chance of survival (hey I read it somewhere). Whatever it is, there are an inordinate amount of people born in the first week of April.

For instance, a brief rundown of the people whose birthday it is in the next few days;

Middle nephew – yesterday (1st April)
Best friend – Saturday (3rd April)
Me and my brother-in-law – Sunday (4th April)
Eldest nephew – Monday (5th April)

Do you have any idea how annoying it is to have to buy people other presents around the time of your own birthday? And even worse have to give them to someone?! It’s wrong. The day is supposed to be about you. If I’m honest I think the whole week should be about you but apparently that makes me sound spoilt.

Really I blame my sister for all this. She’s the one who chose to marry someone who shared the same birthday as me and then, as if that wasn’t enough, she selfishly goes and gets pregnant and has offspring on virtually the same days (actually the birth of Eldest Nephew is particularly funny seeing as my brother-in-law had been out for his birthday the night before, remind me to tell you that one some time). I mean it’s not really on is it – I was here first after all. Well, technically my brother-in-law was here first, by a good twenty years, but that’s irrelevant.

And I mean these are just the people that are particularly close to me. Our old next door neighbour was on the 4th. My Mum’s best friend is on the 4th. There were 2 girls in my class, one on the 4th and one on the 5th. My friend’s sister is on the 4th. There is hardly anybody who, on finding out the date of birthday, doesn’t go “Oh I know someone whose birthday is then!” And today I discover that Tabiboo is getting on the act with her birthday on the 3rd and Mr T’s birthday today!

There’s no escape.

Sometimes being born at this time of year can have its advantages – I was only ever at school once on my birthday (for my 18th and that was a half day) because it was always the Easter holidays but that actually just made birthdays pretty quiet because people were always on holiday or doing Eastery things.

Ah yes. Easter.

Easter has raised its ugly head once more. I mean it’s inevitable, you can’t escape Easter interfering with things if you’re born at this time of year. I was born on an Easter Monday after all. But this year, my birthday is not only NOT just about me but it’s been completely hijacked by Jesus. Like I can compete with some dude rising from the dead. Thanks a lot for stealing my thunder Jebus.

Of course everybody is busy doing Eastery things so no one was available to party like a rockstar with me, which is ridiculous because it’s a bank holiday and we could so have gone out and drunk the drinks and been hungover all day Monday, but alas it was not to be.

And, because half my fricking family have their birthday at the same time as me, I tend to get stolen away to do family things. You would not believe how many arguments there have been because I’ve wanted to celebrate my birthday in Hull, with friends, and haven’t been able to because that would make me the worst Auntie in the world ever.

So this is my way of saying goodbye to you for a few days. We are off down to my sister’s to do Eastery/family/birthday things.

No doubt I’ll come back with some stories to tell. AND I’LL BE A YEAR OLDER.

Just in case that one had passed you by.


Taz said...

Aww you poor poppet. If it's any consolation my birthday is in early January and everyone is always too skint and partied out to ever want to do anything for my birthday. AND I share my birthday with my big brother, who is 6 years older than me. So it was never just about me anyway. Needless to say I've grown up very demoralised about birthdays. :/

Try and have a good day and I hope you get heaps of choccy eggs to make you smile ;) Happy birthday petal x

mooncalf said...


At least you weren't born on 25th December. I really feel for those guys.

The Curious Cat said...

Oh are quite unlucky there...I hate to tell you this...I'm an April bunny too...though a bit later...23rd of April so not so close! I once shared my birthday with Jesus too...I was quite happy about it! (Because it was a rarity!) Anyway...I'm sure you'll have fun and be appreciated! xxx

Maddi Makes... said...

Heee heee I LOVE your line "thanks for stealing my thunder jesus"... that should soooo go on a t-shirt, maybe sell in a pair with the "jesus is coming, look busy" one?
Have a fabby easter/birthday weekend! x

Em said...

I know the April birthday thing very well except for me its March and April, I have 3 siblings born within a month of each other during this time and at least another 8 friends and family with birthdays in March/April too...

But anyways Hope you have a great birthday and lots of fun family/easter time too.
Em xx

Heather said...

Oh my. That's a whole lot of birthday issues there!
I was born on D-Day. When I was 8, I spent AGES and AGES making a cool birthday card to send in to CBBC (remember when they used to show the birthday cards?). It was SO GOOD that I just KNEW they would show it, just KNEW IT. I was more excited that my card might get show than I was about my birthday.
Turns out it was the frickin' 50th Anniversary of D-Day and the BBC devoted the WHOLE DAY to D-Day remembrance and there was NO CBBC. None.


J said...

Here's wishing you a very Happy Birthday for Sunday.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhh HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you know what? I have loads of Birthdays between April 1-12 - in fact let me see, yes there are 10!

P said...

Happy Birthday!

It's actually my half-birthday today (yes, I celebrate those - my mum actually emailed me last night saying she was going to send me a card and forgot - so let's blame her!) so do you know what that means?

YOUR half birthday is the same day as my BIETHDAY! October 4th.

That makes me very happy for some unknown reason!

(Sorry for stealing your birthday thunder with my half birthday...)

Tabiboo said...

Happy belated birthday....all that summer loving!! Parents have a lot to answer for - ah ha!

Hope you had a lovely, lovely time and were spoiled lots - at least Easter moves around...unlike those poor unfortunates that celebrate not the rising, but the actual birth.

Just think - all the best people are born in April.....that's what I keep telling myself!!

N xx

Diane said...

Could be worse, the Christmas babies have a rough deal if you ask me. Have a lovely birthday. xxxx

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you had a lovley day!!!

Anonymous said...

wow. really. listen to yourself. the whole day, the whole week should be about you. this is probably the single most selfish thing i've ever read. Life isn't about getting what you want, birthdays aren't some grand world celebration of your spoiled behind coming into this world. Its just a day. Sheesh I'd hate to be your parents. grow up, its just a birthday.