Walk out

My parents were dishonest people. If it was my birthday. I knew my mother took me to the K-Mart and she stole my toy. She'd put it in the shopping cart and we'd walk out. I was raised with that.

Opening day

"You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."

Invite me

I crashed my boyfriend’s birthday when I was 12 years old. He didn’t invite me and so I showed up.

You perform

"You will give yourself peace of mind if you perform every act of your life as if it were your last."

Good for you

"Birthdays are good for you. Statics show that the people who have the most live the longest."

Be wonderful

"May the days that lie ahead be wonderful for you. May the road be paved with happiness and all your dreams come true."

Good habits

"Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the new year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won."

My mother

"My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I said I wanted to read poetry with her."

Feeling old

"When I turn thirty, in thirty days or so, I might be feeling old, so I’ll probably call my grandma up, because as old as I’ll feel, she’ll be feeling older. Twelve years older.

Return of my birthday

"The return of my birthday, if i remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape."