Here is just a sampling of my "jinxes."
- When I was 4 I dropped a cement brick on my toe and spent the night in the ER getting shots in my toe and having the nail removed.
- The year I turned 7, Great Grandma Julia died.
- The day I turned 10, we had invited all of our relatives over to our lake for a big party. We have one pathetic picture of me hoisting a sheet cake with flushed red cheeks and glazed over eyes, right before my mother took me to the ER. Strep throat this time.
- The next year, I got off easy. My brother took one for me and tore the ligaments in his leg the night of my party. His turn to go to the ER!
And then I stopped keeping track of which event happened which year. But do you remember the day John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Caroline and her sister died in the plane crash? July 16th. And so it goes.
Its really odd. Yet its uniquely me. And, despite the weird coincidences of all of these events happening on my birthday, I still have had really great birthdays overall. I was looking through some older photos and found the ones below. I see three candles on the cake. And I am assuming the rest of the picture were of me when I was three. I have no memories of that day. But I also have no jinx stories, so I'm assuming three was a pretty good year for me!
So if you were to ask what I wanted today for my birthday? Its really pretty simple . Lets just all make it through the day without any trips to the ER :)