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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: Serenity of a Birth
By Andrew Curtis
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My mother told me that birthdays are for reflecting on the last year of our life. I don't have much good reflecting to do. I live alone and don't have many friends. I am a loner by nature and spend most of my time reading or watching the History channel. The last time I went out with friends was over two months ago. I haven't had a date in over a year and it's made real depressed lately.
My favorite birthday memory was my 18th birthday. My friend Dave and I rented a car and drove to the coast about 7 hours away. We met some good looking girls and partied with them all weekend. It was the fun and I wish I could have birthdays like that all the time. That's the end of the good reflecting I could do. Nothing really spectacular in the past year.
The day got worse as I spilled coffee on my shirt twice and also dribbled some of the spaghetti I brought for lunch. A cloud of despair followed me around all day. By the time I left work, I just wanted to go home and go to sleep but I was wide awake after a BMW cut me off and almost made me wreck into the guard rail.
I was fuming while driving home until I saw a marquee on the front lawn of a church. It only had a simple message. “Celebrate the birth of Christ, not your own.” My body and mind immediately calmed down. I smiled the rest of the way to my apartment. I got what I wanted for my birthday; the peace of mind I desired and to know that God was listening.
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