Dairy Queen Pink Ice Cream Cake - Happy Birthday Tita MaeI came home on my birthday to be surprised with a birthday cake from my nephews. It was an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen that was hot pink with yellow writing that said, “Happy Birthday Tita Mae!”. It was a pleasant surprise for at my age I don’t expect much from anyone.

Before cutting the cake, it seems customary to blowing out birthday candles no matter what age.


I stood with the cake in front of me, my brother lighting the birthday candles. The light of the candles glistening against my face illuminating the smile that extended deep in to my heart. In the matter of seconds where my nephews sang Happy Birthday, I thought of the year past and the year to come and I am truly grateful to celebrate an end of a year and a beginning of a new one.

The Simple Life - Blowing Out Birthday Candles

I know birthdays are only once a year but I guess that’s why it feels extra special.  You get a sense of excitement for your birthday is officially your day where you are appreciated and loved.  Those who love you go out of their way to celebrate with you and share their utmost feelings about you.  It is a day where people who you haven’t heard from, come out of the woodworks to greet you.  I don’t think celebrating a birthday is totally about you but it is a day where people have an opportunity to show their appreciation for being a part of their lives.

Watching others Blow Out Birthday Candles

I enjoy watching other people’s reaction before they blow out their birthday candles for it seems they always have this genuine smile of joy and humility. If you don’t know what I am talking about, pay attention next time someone is about to blow out their birthday candles.

This is an example of my little nephew before blowing out his birthday candles.

Child Prior to Blowing Out Birthday Candles

 “Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come. ” ― Rabindranath Tagore

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