â€œWhat do you want to do Thursday?â€ I asked my husband Monday evening.
We were standing in the garage swatting bugs and chit-chatting about our day. I had just gotten home from work and wasnâ€™t ready to head indoors yet, even thought the gnats and mosquitoes were swarming with a vengeance.
â€œDo we have a fire department meeting that night?â€ Eric asked.
I reminded him we had just had a meeting the previous Thursday.
â€œOh, right. Well, letâ€™s just hang out and put some meat on the grill,â€ he decided.
â€œOK,â€ I replied. â€œI just wanted to know if you wanted to go out to supper or grill or do anything in particular.â€
He just gave me this long, blank look, and I knew he had no idea what I was talking about.
â€œHoney, your birthday is on Thursday,â€ I reminded him.
â€œOh! Right, I knew that,â€ he said, then laughed. â€œOK, Iâ€™ll admit it. I forgot.â€
Itâ€™s not an absent-mindedness on his part. Well, mostly not, anyway.
Itâ€™s just that his family didnâ€™t do huge birthday blowout things when he was a kid, so he doesnâ€™t pay as much attention to them as I do. And, in his defense, weâ€™ve been so busy with other things â€” planning and hosting a graduation party, dealing with some family stuff going on, and making plans to head to the cities for our nieceâ€™s graduation â€” that his birthday wasnâ€™t really on his list of important upcoming events.
Thatâ€™s the excuse Iâ€™m making for him, anyway.
Eric shares a birthday with guitarist and inventor Les Paul, Jon Lord of Deep Purple, actors Michael J. Fox and Johnny Depp, and two other members of the Avoca Fire & Rescue Team (Happy birthday, Dan and Jesse).
Given how busy we have been lately, I guess I wonâ€™t tease Eric too bad about forgetting his own birthday. If you see him today, feel free to tease away about whatever comes to mind. Donâ€™t bother asking how old he is â€” he never remembers that either.
However, my birthday is in a couple weeks, and if he forgets that one, heâ€™s in big trouble. Fair warning, Dude.