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A Very Happy Birthday.


In Prague the day after my birthday.

September 19th was my birthday. I turned 21 years old.

I don’t feel any different. I’m still me. And the usual 21 milestone was a bit negated by the fact that A) I’m studying in a foreign country where the legal drinking age is 16, and B) I’m not great at following most rules in the first place.

It was the first birthday I spent without my parents. 20 years of wonderful, love-filled birthdays…and then a single birthday without them. It was a hard day, but I realized that I will probably have more birthdays without them. I felt more grown up, in that sense. It was still great to see them, even if it was only over facetime.  : )


This is possibly the least flattering family photo we’ve ever taken. Sorry Mom and Dad! 🙂

I did feel so much love on my birthday though, even without those I love most by my side. All 10 of us in the Vienna program went out to dinner to celebrate at one of my favorite restaurants. It may not have been a 21 run and it may not have been a crazy party, but it was the kind of birthday I wanted: simple, full of laughter and spent with friends who are growing closer every day.

Here’s to many more. Thanks for stopping by.

This entry was published on September 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM and is filed under Austria, On Love. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “A Very Happy Birthday.

  1. Happy birthday Jaimie!

  2. Peggy Shapiro on said:

    Thanks for posting, I was hoping you had a fun birthday! Xoxoxo

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