Yesterday I received an email with this link from one of the Entrepregeurls (see Kitchen Table Talk page) http://vimeo.com/28878406. She suspected that I would enjoy it and she was absolutely right.
Lucas Jatoba, a Brazilian man was so appreciative of the kindnesses of the people of Sydney he celebrated his 30th birthday in a very unusual and inspiring way. Lucas and friends bought and wrapped 30 gifts and Lucas gave them away to strangers. From Teddy bears and rugby balls to origami books and bottles of champagne, the gifts ran the gamut, as did the recipients...young and old and in between. Fun to watch the little film and see how surprised and pleased people were to receive a gift from a handsome young man they didn't know as a celebration of his own special day and gratitude to the people of the city that made him feel so welcome.
This is not a completely original idea. It is a tradition with some people to give others gifts on their own birthday...usually their parents, particularly their mothers. I wrote about this years ago and thought what a wonderful idea...I'll do that. Well....I have yet to do it. This was a good reminder. Unfortunately my birthday just passed and I'll probably forget by the time it rolls around again.
The idea seemed to come from the fact that parents and more specifically mothers gave much to us, carrying us within them and giving birth to us. It's out of love and gratitude that we honor them with a gift on our own birthdays. Fantastic tradition...hope my son is reading this. (Just kidding, Honey!)
Today I mentioned this to a woman who is from Great Britain and she told me it is common there to treat friends and family to a drink, lunch, a treat on ones' own birthday. And sometimes people go so far as to buy gifts for the important people in their life. Is it just me or are we in the U.S. clueless to this tradition? Please let me know if you have evidence to the contrary.
Giving to others on our birthdays sounds like a wonderful idea. Or how about giving to a cause or organization as a personal celebration of our lives. Perhaps we should give this potential new tradition some serious thought. Must put it on my calendar to do so before the next birthday rolls around...they come and go so quickly these days.