Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Philosophy of "Birthdays"

My last blog post was on November 10, which is the "birthday" of my brother. However, I did not mention that it was his "birthday" in my blog post, and my brother commented, "You wrote a blog on my birthday and did not mention my birthday??"

Did I do the unthinkable and forget his "birthday"? Or is there some underlying reason why I did not mention his "birthday"? Maybe there is a conspiracy theory behind me not mentioning his "birthday." Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that I use quotes every time I am write "birthday."

First, we should define "birthday." However, I refuse to look at a dictionary. This will be my definition, the way I see it. "Birthdays," according to everyone else, are the anniversary of the day of one's birth.

Although, when I see the word "birthday," I do not automatically think anniversary. I think "birth" and "day," which reminds me of the day when we were born. One's "birthday" only happens once. I would suggest a better term would be "ageday." The words "age" and "day" would remind us that we get a year older, which would remind us of our "birthday"—when it all started. I wonder, however, if we called it "ageday," would anyone want to celebrate?

In other words, "birthdays" only happen once: when we are born. If you want "birthday" to refer to an anniversary, you need to say "birthday anniversary." So if the day you are born is your "birthday," then what are the other days called? The other days are your "unbirthday," of course!

I believe that everyone should celebrate unbirthdays. That way, we could be happy every single day, rather than just being happy on our birthday anniversary. (I did not put birthday in quotes this time, as I believe, if you have any reading comprehensive at all, that you should remember how I define birthdays in the previous paragraph.) If you happen to see me wishing you an unbirthday around the time of your birthday anniversary, now you know why.

Now on to why I did not mention brothers's "birthday" (I am quoting birthday now, as I was quoting his use of the term). Why did I not mention his "birthday"? After all, the blog post was on "What Is Going On," and I knew he celebrated his "birthday" that day, so it was something that was going on. My answer to what is going on in my blog post was that "nothing was going on."

The truth is that I was being truthful. God wants everyone to be truthful, you know. my brother's birthday, according to my definition, happened a very long time ago, so his birthday was really not happening (nothing was, indeed, happening). It still boggles my mind why my brother, or anyone else for that matter, thinks he is born every year. I refuse to celebrate a birthday for someone more than once. Now if you wanted to celebrate your "ageday" or "birthday anniversary," then that is a different matter, and I would be very willing to celebrate it with you. Unless I do not like you, then I would not be willing.

Now you may ask, so you deliberately did not mention anything about his "birthday" because of the reason in the previous paragraph? Well, not really; though, I do think it is a good reason, but the reason I did not mention it was because I did not think of it as I was writing my blog post. However, if I did think of it, I probably would have wished him a happy unbirthday to stress that it is not his birthday! So I guess I should apologize.

In conclusion, I think everyone should have lunch now. Why? Because I think I should have lunch, and that is the only thing on my mind right now. You might say that I never have anything on my mind, ever. I would not debate you on this, as you might very well be right. However, this does not change the fact that I think I am thinking lunch.


(Also, if anyone wants to come over and shovel my driveway, you are more than welcome. In fact, you are so welcome that I will let you say "hello" to me when you are done.)


  1. you have too much time on your hands! lol

  2. Or I had to take a vacation day to write this blog post, which what I essentially did. :-)

  3. Jeremy, being so literal, you would make a good KJV man.

  4. I definitely agree with you on the fact that I am a man.