Richard will be 60 Sunday, but he doesn't want to hear about it. He hates birthdays, parties, and gifts, and always has. I have many times informed him that I'll humor him, but he better not assume that everyone feels the same way he does about this! Especially ME! Jeremy seems to have inherited though, and he seems to have gotten it from R's family, who are very puritanical about such things.
For me, being a year older, while it comes with its aggravations and regrets (I STILL haven't finished a book, bought a house, traveled the world, gotten a real job, etc.), is a cause for real celebration. I'm still here, after all. I get surprised when others do not feel that way about their own birthdays as well.
My dad is going to be 93 at the end of this month, and I KNOW he wants to whoop it up big time. Truthfully, I don't know what to get him as a gift, but I will take him out and give him a party at the restaurant of his choice, and I'll invite lots of people to celebrate with him.