This is my first blog post for the New Year, I can't believe that the year is almost one quarter over already. Yesterday was my birthday, and it was wonderful. To be truthful, birthdays my favorite celebrations. Holidays are nice, but everyone is celebrating on a holiday, whereas on birthdays, family and friends are celebrating you.
Ferron and I were out for a week on our first cruise as a couple. We had gone on one 10 year before as a family on the Disney cruise ship. That was fun, but we were still being parents. This time we were just being a couple. What a refreshing change. We were out for the week before my birthday, and arrived back the night before, just in time to celebrate with the children. Personally, I was celebrating my birthday all week long on the cruise. It was a vegan cruise with several lectures on healthy eating and lifestyles and how to make changes in your diet to improve your health. All the meals were meat and dairy free. It was delicious. I was able to earn 36 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the University of Miami by attending the lectures designated for doctors, so you could say it was a working vacation.
By the time we got home, I was ready for a quiet birthday. In the car on the way home from the airport, I got a lovely homemade pre-birthday card from the kids with instructions to be ready with my bath suit on at 8:30 the next morning. Ugh, and after coming in so late, I was looking forward to just sleeping in a bit. Oh well.
On my birthday, Malaika and Richie picked the rest of us up and off we went. We arrived at BBC beach................. surprise............... we were going paddle-boarding! I did not even know we had that here in Grenada. I admitted to the kids that they know me well, because I love the sea, and I love to be active, and to learn new things, so this experience was something I would surely enjoy.
It was a wonderful, fun and challenging experience. I really enjoyed spending time with my family. Afterwards, we came home and I was instructed to relax in my bedroom, while they prepared brunch. I took that time to return calls to my relatives overseas.
Brunch was some of my favorite foods cooked with lots of love. I always prefer to have home cooked meals and eat in a relaxed atmosphere at home, chatting, spending time and just being.Afterwards, I was given a card welcoming me to my Birthday Treasure Hunt that instructed me to go into my son's room and await further instructions. What fun! After 15 minutes or so, the children opened the door and gave me a card that read.. I am hanging on your favourite type of flower (by your verandah)......
I found my first birthday present, a beautiful necklace hanging on a dendrobrium orchid outside my bedroom window. Sitting on the branch was the next hint. Ferron and the kids accompanied me on my birthday present treasure hunt. It was a unique way to give me my presents. The last hint led me to the dining room, and the last present was a birthday cake.
I just love birthdays. I think it is also a time for us to reflect and be grateful for the year past and the year to come. I see it as our personal New Years' day. I am thankful for life, love, good health, family, friends, staff and patients. I pray that I may continue to live a life full of happiness, and purpose, as I continue to be of service. May I continue to grow spiritually day by day. Namaste.
Tags: Family, celebration, birthdays, paddle boarding