My 32nd Birthday

My birthday this year marked 32. 32 years so far, and still I feel I don’t really know when my 20s stopped and how that happened.

What I am proud of is that I’ve been here another year. I lost my best friend two years ago and just 2 days before my own 30th birthday. Micah was 29 and had type 2 diabetes. Every year now I have an unfortunate reminder of how good it is to still keep kicking around this place. Even when things are not great and the world doesn’t seem cheery, it’s still a lot better than the alternative.

I’m also proud that since my 20s I’ve managed to keep the same lovely, intelligent, funny and gorgeous woman with me. I’ve been a pain, an incredible frustration at times, and we’ve had our moments as we all do, but she’s stuck with me. And we have a great son as well – almost 6 now (hard to believe as well) and he’s a good kid. He’s happy, healthy and sees curiousities and adventures to be had in the world – wouldn’t want it any other way. We’re all pretty happy together – and that means quite a bit.

So, my birthday was very fitting this year – a quiet day with my family spent well. We had a nice time at home over breakfast, took it easy and then when for cheesecake and ice cream later in the afternoon. Below are some shots from that:

My cheesecake and coffee - what else would I have on my birthday?! The cake actually said 'Happy New Year' on it - my birthday is one day before Tet this year. I hope this is a sign of good luck!

My family. Love them.

The boys on Dad's birthday.

The best gift from Jacob: his usual sillyness.

After this, we went to see ‘The Muppets’. Much better than I expected and a good film for a kid of the 80s. It was fun and you should give it a watch – here’s the trailer:

We then went home to Bi’s home made taco salad. She made it special for us on my birthday – ground beef, corn, kidney beans and fresh tomatoes, lettuce and shredded mozzerela and pepper jack cheese. IT WAS GOOD!

So, a good birthday for me and great to have another one. Wish the same for each of you as well.

– Dave

About David and Lam

A smitten couple and loving parents in our early 40s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, boating, traveling, reading, and being together. Both David and Lam are old souls who love quietness and meaningful conversations in which we ponder the truth and mysteries of life as well as discuss philosophical and ethical matters. We especially like to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
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