Sunday, November 29, 2009

Weekend Mishmash: Mark Twain's Birthday

My thirty-third birthday is tomorrow. According to my mom, I was born at 10:21 a.m. in Metairie – a suburb of New Orleans – in a place once called Lakeside Hospital. I know this because, every year, she calls me precisely at 10:21 a.m. – just to sing me a bar of the “Happy Birthday” song. I must admit that, despite the fact that I’m in my thirties, I have yet to tire of this tradition. Actually, I find it kind of sweet.

Still, I have mixed feelings about birthdays. (Of course, who past the age of twenty-one doesn’t?) As each year passes, I’m often forced to reconsider my goals, to once again reassess my dream of being a published novelist, and to make the sad realization that I’m not much closer to achieving it than I was a year ago.

But life isn’t about such lofty ambitions. It’s about all the little moments – the memorable experiences that fill each day – and today was filled with plenty. Dan and I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to spend the morning with my teeny-tiny grandmother and the afternoon with my mom. Following a Thanksgiving-like lunch at mom’s house (complete with smoked ham, cranberry sauce, spinach casserole, potato salad, and pumpkin pie), Mom, Dan, and I saw the 3-D presentation of A Christmas Carol, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And then, as with any birthday weekend in my family, more food was involved.

So, despite my misgivings about getting older, I’m grateful for what I have: a loving family, good friends, and an awesome kitty (who was in fact last year’s birthday “present”). Besides, it just so happens that I was born on Mark Twain’s birthday – which I like to consider a positive omen that my fiction-writing dreams will someday come true. Hey, whatever works, right?

13 comments:

Becky said...

Happy birthday! Glad you had a nice visit! I was born at Baton Rouge General Hospital, BTW. Enjoy and laissez le bon temps roulez!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Becky! Teehee. Two Louisiana babies... Oh, and I sure will try to let the good times roll! ;-)

Susan R. Mills said...

Happy Birthday!

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Happy Birthday Laura!! Wow, 33 is reputed to be a powerful number. All the best of the year to you. And mmm, I love pumpkin pie! Enjoy your day :)

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Belated Birthday Greetings to you. I truly hope you have a great year!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Susan!

Thanks, Deb, and I hope you're right about the number 33. :-)

Thanks, Swapna. I appreciate it.

Bane of Anubis said...

Laura, Happy Birthday (yay for not being a crazy Scorpio :) -- and I think that is incredibly sweet what your mother does.

As far as omens go, is it bad that Lincoln was shot on my birthday and the Titanic hit an iceberg (not to mention the fact that Pete Rose was also born then, too :)?

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Bane! I've had a very nice birthday so far. Raw oysters at Oceana. My first official tarot card reading at Marie Laveau's. And I'm about to head out into the Quarter again.

As for my being a Sagittarius, you'll have to thank my mom and dad for that one... And while I don't put much stock into omens, I must admit that your birthday is fraught with tragedies. Then again, cool folks like Rod Steiger, Julie Christie, Robert Carlyle, and Adrien Brody have also shared your birthday, so you can't be all bad. :-)

Bane of Anubis said...

Rod Steiger, Robert Carlyle make me feel better (Adrien Brody not so much :)

Laura Martone said...

Yeah, Carlyle's a cool cat. THE FULL MONTY is one of my favorites, but, hey, Brody's not so bad. He is pretty bad-ass in KING KONG, after all. :-)

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday yesterday Laura! How cool to share a birthday with Mark Twain! I hope it was a good one. And you are right, it's the little things in life that make it worth while :)

Steph Damore said...

Happy Birthday! Your writing dreams will come true. Keep on keeping on. In the meantime, it's good to know you have your priorities and blessings in the right place :)

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Natalie! Yeah, I love the Mark Twain connection... gives me hope.

Thanks, Steph! So will yours. :-)