Today is what?


“What do you want to do Thursday?” 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 wasn’t ready to head indoors yet, even thought the gnats and mosquitoes were swarming with a vengeance.

“Do we have a fire department meeting that night?” Eric asked.

I reminded him we had just had a meeting the previous Thursday.

“Oh, right. Well, let’s just hang out and put some meat on the grill,” he decided.

“OK,” I replied. “I just wanted to know if you wanted to go out to supper or grill or do anything in particular.”

He just gave me this long, blank look, and I knew he had no idea what I was talking about.

“Honey, your birthday is on Thursday,” I reminded him.

“Oh! Right, I knew that,” he said, then laughed. “OK, I’ll admit it. I forgot.”

It’s not an absent-mindedness on his part. Well, mostly not, anyway.

It’s just that his family didn’t do huge birthday blowout things when he was a kid, so he doesn’t pay as much attention to them as I do. And, in his defense, we’ve been so busy with other things — planning and hosting a graduation party, dealing with some family stuff going on, and making plans to head to the cities for our niece’s graduation — that his birthday wasn’t really on his list of important upcoming events.

That’s the excuse I’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 won’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. Don’t bother asking how old he is — he never remembers that either.

However, my birthday is in a couple weeks, and if he forgets that one, he’s in big trouble. Fair warning, Dude.

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