It’s my birthday and I’ll be happy if I want to

I woke up this morning feeling an unfamiliar sense of contentment and satisfaction. It was almost a confidence that everything is going to be okay after all, that my hard work will pay off, that my family will be fine and my friends will be there for me. It is the day of my 33rd birthday and I’m truly grateful for life.


It is particularly satisfying that I still get presents! Yay! My son presented me with an amazing rocket this morning before bath time. Don’t you just love it?


Looking now at the rocket on my windowsill, it truly depicts a part of my personality – the need to fly and outdo myself, sometimes moving this quickly and aiming too high. Rockets…why didn’t I think of that?

I’ve learned the value of solace (again!) in the past year. New ideas come to me that way – not necessarily in silence. For instance, music really inspires. At University, no one understood why I studied with music on. Music helps me sleep and puts me in a good mood in the morning. Music IS solace. It is for this reason that this present is spot on.


But my life is busy. I have to accept that solace will happen only occasionally. Anything to help things along is much appreciated. It would be great to have longer days of say, 30 hours, to cook faster, to need less sleep, and be a genius such that I don’t have to study so much. Therefore, this cookbook is amazing! I can make 100 different soups from ONE recipe! I think I’ve just been awarded a couple more hours to my days.


I want to thank everyone who sent me messages or called to wish me a happy birthday. You accentuated the great feeling I had this morning. It’s a feeling that will last a very long time. Thank you.


  1. Happy Birthday again Kemi, hope you can put your feet up for once and RELAX! you deserve it 🙂 – Ese


  2. happy birthatday! 33 is a wonderful age! I hope the year is good to you 🙂


  3. Happy Birthday, then. Quite a lot to celebrate!

    Very jealous of your presents – all great ones 😉


  4. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated! ENJOY! ~mkg


  5. Happy Birthday!


  6. You’ve made something wonderful out of your 33 years on this earth. I’m sure there are greater things to come.
    That rocket is adorable. I read that kids give the gifts they would like to have….this proves it here!


  7. Happy Birthday, K. Here’s wishing you more grace, wisdom, and unlimited joy all the days of your life. Shallom! 🙂


  8. I’m glad you had a wonderful day. Here’s to many more! 🙂


  9. I hope your birthday was a great one, Kemi. I’ll be thinking about that cookbook all day, and eventually will have to look into it to find out how you can make a hundred different soups from one recipe. Also, I love this sentence — “It was almost a confidence that everything is going to be okay after all,” especially the way you qualified it with almost. (Is that part of the acquired wisdom of adulthood?)

    An unsolicited suggestion: I think you should hang the rocket from the ceiling somehow, so the orange flames look as though they’re shooting out from the bottom.


  10. Apologies for the belated birthday wishes Kemi! Have been so behind on my blog reading, I missed this! Hope you had a great day!


  11. I’m sure you had a great day. Lovely post about your birthday !


  12. I hope your birthday was a great one, Kemi!


  13. Happy belated birthday!


  14. “Happy Belated Birthday to you! 🙂
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