by Oscar Patton
There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.-William Barclay
For everyone their birthday is one of the best days of the year. In my family we have one special tradition on our birthdays. The morning of a birthday I (or whoever’s birthday it is) get breakfast in bed. The feeling of the whole family walking in and singing an out of tune happy birthday and placing a giant cheesy omelette my lap is a very comforting and pleasant way to wake up. It’s great to be the center of attention, no fights and everyone has to be nice. The whole family focuses on one person who gets to have their special family moment on the day that they were born. After eating whoever’s birthday it is gets to open one big present, since I know it’s coming there is lots of anticipation about what I might get the night before my birthday. I remember on my eleventh birthday when I learned that I would be traveling with my mom and dad on one of my dads business trips to Barcelona and I totally lost it, I was so excited. It was like no present I had ever received before, I had never been out of the country before. It’s always an incredible way to start off a day that I’ve been looking forward to the entire year. Not many people are as lucky as I am and can not afford to have such an elaborate birthday experience. I try not to feel guilty on my birthday, but sometimes it’s hard knowing how lucky I am and how I haven’t really done anything to deserve it. Aside from the guilt, I do really enjoy how family oriented this tradition is. Everyone else in the family wakes up early just to prepare a special meal. I get to wake up to my family just sitting around me and being nice and I love it. Traditions are a big part of what makes family unique. Without tradition most families would celebrate everything the same and the point of a birthday is to have one day to feel special.