#SOL21: Willing to Celebrate

It’s birthday season. The next four months each have birthdays in my son’s family. It’s easy to celebrate. The grandkids love all sorts of things. As do the big kids. Sometimes there is a list. Sometimes not.

It’s not as though a Grandma would spoil the boys.

What other birthdays do we celebrate?

In my family (the siblings), it really varies. If they are on to grandkids themselves the siblings are SOL unless it’s one of those big numbers. This is a year for a big number for Mom. Her last big number 10 years ago involved a cruise of the Meditterranean with the youngest daughter.

How do we celebrate?

Well, it depends. (Not that answer again!) But it does.

So how do you celebrate when two second cousins have their 104th and 105th birthday?

The answer:

A birthday parade.

Led by a sherriff’s car.

Four firetrucks

Cars decorated in birthday trimmings.







And a squad of Harleys.

Just a Saturday afternoon birthday parade

In Hills, Iowa.

Need a bit of a “Good News Happy Celebration”?

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Celebrating 209 total trips around the sun

Two cousins

In small town Iowa

Friends and relatives

Willing to celebrate safely

On a Saturday afternoon.

How do you celebrate birthdays? Whose birthdays do you celebrate? What are you willing to celebrate?


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10 responses

  1. 209 years is definitely worth that very special celebration. In our family we do not have an “usually” with birthdays. Both of my parents have April birthdays and this year I wrote them poems of memories of them, which was fun for me and they were moved by them too. I am not such a good tradition maker- so often I wish I had been better in the past- maybe it is not too late to start new traditions.

    1. Erika, those memory poems sound wonderful! And yes, traditions can begin anytime. It is not too late!

  2. I have always been big on birthday celebrations wishing everyone and planning something to surprise them. Always makes me happy see the smile on people’s faces. The best memory of birthdays and anniversaries was our grandfather sending a 100/- money order to everyone in the family for their birthdays and anniversaries, right from his eldest son to the youngest grandchild even great grandchild in my son’s case.
    Thanks for this article brought a smile to my face reminiscing the good old days!

    1. So many ways to celebrate and honor milestones! Yay, grandfathers!

  3. Definitely a reason to celebrate. Because large gatherings are out a parade in their honor was a great way to mark this milestone for each of them.

    1. A parade was festive, creative, and fun to both see and participate in. Milestones for sure!

  4. What a wonderful celebration! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Just a lens into possibilities for celebrations! You are welcome!

  5. This celebration sounds wonderfully festive for the occasion. We had two birthdays withign the last two months, both involved cakes and board games.

    1. Cake and board games sounds fun. We’re also partial to any games that involve a deck of cards or two or three!

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