Matthew's Birthday Article
by Matthew Chase
Well hello there and welcome to my birthday article! Twenty nine years ago, my twin Brother Nate and I came into this world. We are fraternal twins, so I thought I would begin by telling you a bit about us as a duo, and moving on from there.
Nathan and I were born to a single mother in Upstate Vermont, in an area known as the NEK, or North East Kingdom. During birth, my brother was so anxious to see the world that he continually pushed and pushed at me, trying to force me out of our mother. Unfortunately, my little head was stuck in my mothers’ pelvic bone, and tests at the time showed that if he had pushed any harder, my neck would have snapped! So an emergency C-Section took place and I was retrieved two minutes sooner than my brother. We both were placed immediately for adoption and only a few short months later, we were taken in and adopted by a lovely couple in mid Vermont. We now call them MOM and DAD.
I have had quite a few birthdays in my time and some were good and some of them are pretty darn awful! Let us remember a few.
I recall one birthday that really was horrible because both my brother and I were VERY ill. We spend the day on the couch mostly reading, and we had people visit long enough to drop a card or gift off with our folks and then quickly escort their healthy children away from the house. I remember that year receiving a handmade clown’s head pillow that had Mickey and Minnie
I can remember a bit about another birthday maybe one or two years later, when all of my relatives on my mothers’ side came together at the small house we owned at the time, and we had a party. Nate and I were told that our gifts were down in the basement, a place I was never really happy about going to when I was a kid, but my brother and I walked downstairs and we
One year I recall getting a “Pogo Ball” one year as well… Man, the time I spent on that thing was just amazing! I remember wearing one out to the point of bursting, and then going out and using my allowance to buy another one. I wonder if they still make them… I bet however, that the cool colors and styles are not going to be made any longer. It should probably be simply a nostalgic item, though if I see one, I might just pick it up for a good bounce or two.
I never really had my own birthday party until rather recently actually. I did, however throw a party for Nate one year. I invited all of his friends, and we celebrated my brother! We had party favors and even a hand made banner. I remember that it wasn’t the surprise I had hoped, but I think it made my brother happy to know I was thinking of him.
Fast forward a few years, and recently, my birthdays have been more frustrating than anything else. I don’t really dread getting older, though I do tend to look back on what I have accomplished in the past few years. (As mentioned in last weeks’ article.) Actually my birthday tends to occur on the same day as the “March Storm”. (That whole “In like a lion” thing.) So it feels sometimes that SOMETHING goes wrong with my celebration plans. For example one year I had planned to get three of my closest friends together to drink and be merry, however I was only able to collect two of them because the blizzard that occurred that year prevented me from traveling to get the third. Another year I was actually stranded for about three hours because I decided to go to the store for a case of beer, and the starter died in my engine. Making for yet another unpleasant birthday.
One particularly funny story that happened about the same time is that JaWa, Nick and I were actually drunk and having a great time yukking it up one afternoon not long after my birthday celebration. I had somehow managed to get them both to wear one of my show wigs, and to put makeup on! It was hilarious! We were having a fun time just laughing at one another when all
Well, I am going to go and enjoy the day. Have a bit of cake, and hopefully manage to get myself “Voltron collection Green Lion” to add to my expanding collection of eighties cartoons! May you all enjoy the week to come and find all the happiness that you deserve. Here’s to hoping that there isn’t a blizzard this year for the day I turn 29! See you next week!