Well, tomorrow is my birthday. Not notable, I’m turning 56. Doesn’t feel like a particular milestone of aging, but it’s still The Day.
I love birthdays. My mother did a good job of turning the key to the door of special. Growing up in a family of four, we mostly shared. I know, I know, what about all the money? My mother’s New England heritage resulted in an awful lot of If You Have Candy It Will Be One Bar Split Four Ways, that’s what. Probably good for us. Certainly good for us.
On our birthdays, however, sharing played second fiddle. We got to choose what was for dinner. We also got to request a cake from the local baker, decorated however we chose. We got a Party.
While I’ve had some dramatic birthdays in my midlife – at 40, a party for 75 with passed appetizers, bartended mixed drinks and lawn flamingos; at 50, at the end of a 20-year marriage, a float on a little rented outboard motorboat in a lake in the High Sierras - my favorite may be the birthday when I turned 6, and my Mom invited my friends over for a spiderweb toy hunt.
I think my first reaction was, “Wait, I have friends?” With a birthday in late September, I don’t think I’d figured out yet that the other children in my classroom were those things I had read about called “friends.” Then I remember delighting in winding string through the house. And finally the cake, covered with an icing spiderweb.
It’s also true, for whatever reason, that after all these birthdays I like to give presents as much as to get them. So this year, for my 56th, I have a present for you. I apologize to the British among us, to whom this is not new. Feel free to ask me which American series I like, if you are curious. But for the rest of us, I want to make sure you’ve heard of a television series called “Doc Martin.”
It’s about a doctor who has to leave London and move home to a small village in Cornwall. Which appears to be a beautiful part of the world, by the way. The doctor’s lack of social filters provides the sour to Cornwall’s sweet – and the host of characters in the show are all well-played. You can find it on Netflix Watch Instantly, or Hulu. Hulu’s speed is terrible, but it is free, and good for a test watch. The only other thing I’ll say is that I sleep well after an episode or two of the show.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, full of gifts of one sort or another.
Image via Corrie and Ian on Travel Blog