When my husband suggested that we get married on my birthday I wasn’t sure why he thought it was a good idea. He joked that it was so he wouldn’t forget our anniversary, but even at that time I knew him well enough to know that it was not the case. I told him that as long as he did not forget my birthday, I was willing to go for it.
I still don’t know why he chose that date, but I’m not sorry. It was a great idea. I married him on my 45th birthday and it is the best present I ever got. 2011 marked our fourth wedding anniversary, among other things.
I was born on December 26. This year, not only did we celebrate what we have come to call our Birthaversary, but we added in the 7th night of Chanukkah, making it a Birthaversariakkah.
There are two very special days on the calendar when I get to choose the family activity without absolutely no input from, or consideration of, anybody else: Mother’s Day and my Birthday. Considering my usual Jewish Mother’s consideration of each family member in almost everything I do, I embrace these opportunities with abandon and glee and almost always choose a day at the beach or a hike. Luckily my family likes these activities too.
For this Birthaversariakkah I chose a hike. We went to Aiea Loop Trail where my husband proposed 5 years ago. This time we did the entire loop. Now I know why we usually turn around.
It took almost four hours to plod up and down the ridge, across the gulch and slosh through the 5 miles of muddy trail. But it offers beautiful views of Pearl Harbor and the Tetsuo Harano tunnel on H3, the usual benefits of the great outdoors and nice memories of the day he stopped us at the side of the path and, with a rainbow in the background, asked me to marry him. We took a picture at the spot.
Once again, it was the perfect hike and the perfect day. The kids behaved particularly well, often running ahead and leaving us to enjoy each others’ company, appreciate some peace and quiet and sneak in an affectionate smooch here and there. We took some great photos. And between husband and teenager, I made it through the extra slippery parts without falling.
We ended the day eating saimin at Forty Niner’s, another family favorite, and lit the candles at home that night.
Thank you for a very Happy Birthaversariakkah handsome Husband and loving family. It was a wonderful celebration.