So, does anyone know what Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams and I have in common, besides from being strong black women?
Hmmm? Give up?
Heh. Our birthday is on Saturday, that's what!
Clearly I'm biased, but there's no better day to be born than March 18. Sandwiched between St. Patrick's Day (heyyy, Irish heritage!) and the beginning of spring, it's undoubtedly one of the most glorious times of the year. After the exciting activities of the week prior (i.e. Pi Day, the Ides of March, St. Paddy's Day), the 18th is truly the quintessential icing on the cake, said cake being the cake of one tasty week.
Believe it or not, March 18 is not only a day for celebrating my mother's brave endeavors in the Phelps delivery ward (located on the fourth floor and to your right, as any capable Phelps volunteer knows) or a day for lamenting the three days that followed in which I laid in an incubator (sup jaundice?). Sure, it's intended to be a day of unadulterated Chrissy-love, but the 18th also brings joy to people all over the globe for various reasons.
Take "Men's Day" in Mongolia. Of course I have no idea what actually happens on said day, but you know the Mongolian guys will truly be living it up come Saturday. Let's just hope that "living it up" doesn't constitute "slapping mad Mongolian bitches" or anything sexist like that. I'd prefer to think that "Men's Day" gives Mongolian males an excuse to put down the herding staff and spend a day out fishing with the boys. What? Mongolia's a landlocked nation? Riiiight. Then just knock back a few Khan Bräus in my honor, guys. We all deserve it.
Let's quickly acknowledge the 18th as being National Flag and Anthem Day in Aruba (woo!) and move on to something more...tragic? March 18th is also known as Marien Ngouabi Day in the African Republic of Congo, you know. According to Wikipedia, President Ngouabi was assassinated on March 18, 1977 by an alleged suicide commando in Congo...gasp! All these years, I've been viewing the day simply as a 24-hour period in which to honor only myself. How selfish I am. From now on, I will request two extra candles on my cake; one for good luck (duh) and one in the honor of Marien Ngouabi. It's the righteous thing to do.
Before you get all blubbery at your computer screen, I think I ought to induce a change of pace. March 18 really has all sorts of reasons to celebrate. Awkward Moments Day, for one. Personally, I have these from time to time with people and I really think it's about time we acknowledge and celebrate them. You might find me doing my share this Saturday by calling and IMing people I normally don't talk to in order to procure an awkward situation. Of course, I will announce that it is my birthday in order to make the conversation that much more awkward. Can't wait.
March 18th is also Forgive Mom and Dad Day, which will be quite appropriate if my parental units don't hook me up with mad amounts of presents...joke. Don't forget to celebrate Biodiesel Day, Quilting Day, Goddess of Fertility Day, Supreme Sacrifice Day, and St. Edward the Martyr's Day, either! It's also important to acknowledge the many weeklong celebrations that are already in progess...like International Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19)! With all due respect to whoever imagined such a week, I think they could have come up with a better name. In my opinion, nobody needs an entire week to celebrate the fact that they have a brain and are aware of it.
Anyway, now that you all are educated on the pure celebratory joy that March 18 brings, I hope you all get out there this weekend and make the most of it.
Even if you don't, you know Latifah, Vanessa, and I will have it covered.
(Literally. We're getting matching "Birthday Sistahs 4eva" tattoos.)