It is my birthday, and to celebrate B.A. and I are having lunch with four Singles in a French restaurant. We did not invite them with an idea of pairing them off (which thought rather boggles the mind), but because we like them. They are all very amiable, talented Singles with interesting Single lives.
On my 35th birthday, I stumbled around the dark, rainy streets of Boston with my Single male housemates (bless their little hearts) looking for a club. We found one, and it was not really the place for philosophy/theology Ph.D. students such as we. It blasted rap and Hip-Hop for the expensively dressed twenty-something white yuppies standing fashionably around with cocktail glasses, and I was simply miserable.
It occured to me that I was tired of a decade of being 25, and that I would like to grow up now. THIS birthday (it being one of those BIG birthdays, hint, hint), I vowed, if I were still Single, I would like to spend with children, real children, like my nephew, as their very grown-up aunt.
Well, that nephew is with his mother in Ecuador, and my subsequent nephew and niece are with their parents in Canada, so I will not have the mateteral thrill of watching small children spread my birthday cake all over their wee faces. However, I am glad B.A. is taking me and four of our friends to lunch, and that instead of going to a club after, we are going to watch The King's Speech.
Since this is a Singles blog, you may be wondering what I would be doing today if I were not married. And the answer, I think, is that I would have taken a train to my brother's house, and ordered the biggest chocolate cake his children had ever seen in their tiny lives. Yes, no doubt I would have returned to Toronto this weekend to go dancing with my girlfriends--and indeed next week I will go dancing with my girlfriends--but for the day itself I would have kept the vow I made at 35. I would have rejoiced in being Auntie.
P.S. Do you remember Operation Valentinus? It is time to think about sending your fellow Singles chocolates by mail. Stay tuned tomorrow for details.