I was also brought up believing that fake-birthdays were super-special.
Fake birthdays happened most nights that my family went out to dinner. Not on someones birthday, just like on any old Friday night. When the waitress would come over at the end of the meal to ask if anyone was interested in dessert my dad would say, “Well, we do have a birthday girl here...” The waitress would give my dad a wink and come back with a big piece of cake, candles, and a song at no additional charge. My family would happily pass the slice around the table, all giggling and shushing each other.
The fake-birthday celebrations went on into my teen years.
I was in awe that every family didn’t take advantage of the free cake thing. It seemed like a no brainer.
I still get free stuff on my birthday, but today it’s a little more legit.
Did you know that you can get a free brow wax on your birthday at the benefit counter? Well you can, and why wouldn’t you? IT’S FREE. Just bring a few bucks along for a tip and you are good to go. You can mosey on up to their "brow bar" (cute) on your lunch hour and get a little mini-face-lift. And when you're done, they will apply their make up over the red left behind so when you go back to the office instead of having people ask you, "what happened - did someone hit you in the eyes?" they will say, "happy birthday beautiful, you look younger than you did this morning!"
Aveda will give you a consultation on what hair products would work best for your 'do along with some free samples of shampoo and conditioner to take home on your special day. You kind of have to sit and listen to their spiel to get the goods, like when you go and hear someone talk about time shares then you get a free dinner at a steakhouse, but hey, you get free stuff. Pretty small samples but again, free.
Have your cake and eat it too - whether it’s your birthday, or not.
Oh, but my dad would have been totally busted at the benefit counter – they ask to see your ID to prove it really is your birthday. They’re no dummies.
I don’t really consider it a lie to say you were born to get a free piece of mud pie. It’s more of a fib. You were born, you had a birthday at some point in the past year, right?
Yes, you did.
Yes, you did.