Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — March is birthday month in our family. My husband and three of our four sons were born in March. A very dear sister-in-law, and our eldest nephew, were born in March as well. Birthdays in our immediate household are always treated like personal holidays; they’re another opportunity to celebrate life and appreciate all of its many blessings.
My heart is filled with millions of memories of a house or yard full of boys celebrating at our sons’ birthday parties: balloons, goodie bags, games, music, specialty cakes picked out by each birthday boy, and piles of colorfully wrapped presents. We even had a beagle that “sang along” whenever “Happy Birthday” was sung.
Some years, celebrations were held at Skateland, the movie theater or Aladdin’s Castle. Sometimes, it was a family room filled wall-to-wall with boys in sleeping bags for a birthday sleepover and pancake brunch. Birthday parties always were preceded by cupcakes for classmates at school and were always celebrated with lots of love.
This March, I find myself reflecting on how much the world has changed since our four sons were born.
I learned that one of the first companies I ever worked for is closing nearly 40 percent of its stores. So many other stores, investment firms, factories and more, that were in existence my whole life, have already disappeared in the past decade. I said facetiously to my eldest son, “the world as I knew it is disappearing, and your world is taking over.” It was meant as a joke, but when I really thought about it, so much of that statement is very true.
Our twins will be 21 years old at the end of this month, and just in their short lifetime, simple things like the way they listen to music has been transformed several times, from cassettes, to CDs, to mp3 players, to iPods, YouTube, Pandora and more. I don’t know if they have ever seen a corded phone. Have you noticed the incredible shrinking phone book? How long does it take for your cell phone to become obsolete?