What do Dr. Seuss, Jon Bon Jovi and myself have in common? That’s right, today is our birthday!
Why bring up famous people? Because it seems that is what we as a society do. Instead of comparing ourselves to our peers, we compare ourselves to celebrities. I don’t know why because it doesn’t make us any more significant by aligning ourselves with people so many other people know, even if, like myself, you share the day and year with Chris Martin, lead singer of the band Coldplay, nor does it make us any less trivial for not having celebrity status. There are others, like Desi Arnaz, Karen Carpenter, Bryce Dallas Howard and Daniel Craig, but really when I think about my childhood, Dr. Seuss and Jon Bon Jovi are what come to mind. And really, as kids, we looked for any reason to be both different and to find a way to fit in.
It doesn’t matter how old I get, every birthday I think back to my childhood and making my birthday cake, Rainbow Chip. Yes, I realized the irony of a queer closeted kid making rainbow chip cake with rainbow chip frosting. Still, something about a simple cake with sprinkles in the mix and frosting is quite nostalgic, even to this day. Whatever life brings you for your birthday, may it be full of laughter, friends, family and sprinkles. Oh, and chocolate.