Today I am 25 years old.
So far, it's been an excellent day. The kids got up early with me, and got ready for the day without any hassle or arguments -- that alone is a birthday treat! We packed lunches last night, so we were out the door by 6:45 AM. We rode our bikes to the OSU summer camp, where the girls spend the day on campus, doing crafts, playing sports, and swimming. It was wonderful to get the blood flowing, and all three of us were in a really good mood as we pedalled across campus. Tyler skipped breaskfast this morning, so she was starting to get a little sleepy as I checked them in with the camp counselors. Thankfully, there's a fruit and juice bar inside the RPAC, so I bought Tyler an apple. Not the world's best breakfast, but certainly better than a sugary cereal or a pack of donuts. Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of the twins with respect to their eating habits? Sure, they both love chips and candy, but they both also eat a lot more fruit than I ever did at their age.
After dropping the kids off, I rode to my office (back on the side of campus from which we started!), where I arrived early enough to compose this post before setting to the day's tasks. Tonight I'll bike back across campus to collect the kids, ride home, and then go out to dinner, and probably a few gifts.
As I get older, I find the desire for gifts is diminishing. Sure, I still want gadgets to play with, but I recognize that their novelty will soon wear off, so I'm not burning with desire to get more loot (something the twins cannot understand; just as I couldn't understand my parent's lack of interest in an abundance of gifts). I know at least one gift I'll be getting, for which I am quite excited, though. ;)
Birthdays always make me reflective, about where I've been and where I'm going. Despite the sadness of the first part of this year, I am filled with positive feelings as I look toward the years to come.