Whew! It’s been a busy week, so I finally had a chance to pop by and share the (4) winners from my Birthday Giveaway. Congratulations to Anne, Laura, Bernie, and Kath.
I asked all of you to share your most memorable birthday gift as part of the giveaway, and I thought it would be only fair if I reciprocated. Two birthday’s really quickly came to mind for me. First… I was able to pick out a cat, get my ears pierced, and I started piano lessons when I turned 5 (all things I was very, very excited about).
Rueben (yes, we spelled it wrong) was my buddy for 17 years. 🙂 The things he let me do to him as a kitten were ridiculous: in the photo above, he’s wrapped in a blanket (crocheted by my maternal grandmother) and placed in a kid’s toy grocery cart. I then proceeded to “walk” him around outside the neighborhood in the middle of summer and he was content to put up with it. He also tended to sleep in my hair at night. We were best buddies.
On my birthday in 2013, I had the opportunity to fly in an Extra 300 as a chase photographer for the second powered flight of SpaceShipTwo. The pilot of the Extra 300 was CJ Sturckow.
I had a GoPro on my forehead and a camera in my hands to help document the flight (all part of the responsibilities of being in the chase photographer). You can see the waffle pattern from having the GoPro on pressed into my forehead at lunch after the flight in the photo above.
Both are memorable birthdays, although the chase flight wasn’t a gift as much as a very fortunate and amazing timing coincidence. Thank you for everyone who shared your special memories.