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Why you should celebrate your Half Birthday

I like to think/ convince myself/others that, on the occasions when I exhibit too many childish traits for a fully-grown adult, my behaviour can be justified by virtue of my needs as an artist. After all, it was in the realm of childhood that the majority of us escaped into a world of make-believe, when our heads were filled with original, uncorrupted ideas, and when we would fully accept a fantastical story which, when imported into the adult world, would be derided as fanciful or shelved as being surreal and not-in-the-real-world. Having said all of this, I am not so childlike in my demands that, like the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Wonderland, I require an indulgent daily celebration of an “unbirthday”. What I do, however, celebrate every year is… my Half Birthday!

It’s a peculiarity to which those who know me have become accustomed, patiently tolerating the slightly eccentric annual demand I make of them in insisting that my half birthday is marked. I think it stems from my childhood when my parents, ever the diplomats, would give my sister and me a small present when the other was celebrating their birthday. In this way it meant that the one of us who was not celebrating did not feel left out. By coincidence, my sister’s birthday falls almost 6 months from mine, and consequently, long after my parents gave up on catering for our whims, I took it upon myself to celebrate my half birthday on an annual basis.

Norm's Half Birthday - Norm looks for the other half of his card (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown)

In practice no one actually gives me anything for my half birthday, and most people (including me) forget all about it. But on the occasion I do remember, I still use the date, unashamedly, as an excuse for out-of-the-blue celebrations, emotional blackmail and the like. I always remember my first year at university when my new friends, obliging my strange request, made me birthday cards which they then cut in half (I never did get the second half). This was followed by a massive half birthday party in my masters year, never, sadly to be repeated (spilt wine ruined my carpets so I quickly concluded celebrating my half birthday should be an altogether more sedate affair).

With the uni years well behind me, I really am now too old for all of this. Nevertheless, trying never hurt anyone, and since yesterday was my half birthday, I successfully persuaded my parents to join me in embarking on an impromptu celebration which included an extravagant afternoon tea out at Marbella’s very established Goyo tearooms, and dinner out at Zozoi – the darling of the Spanish expats – a fantastic French-Belgian brasserie in the heart of Marbella’s old town. And while I thought it may be a little demanding of me to insist on a cake (or half a cake) as well, judging by this amazing handbag cake I spotted in a shop window earlier, Marbella is clearly the place to pick up something special. I may try that one tomorrow…

Amazing Louis Vuitton inspired handbag cake in a shop window in Marbella

So why should you celebrate your half birthday? Well one birthday a year is pretty lousy when you consider there are 364 other days to get through. And after all, the Queen gets two birthdays doesn’t she. To me, it seems pretty reasonable to have a little celebration every six months – after all, being half a year older is just as much of a feat in my opinion. There is of course the slight issue that it will be yet a further reminder that you are getting older (I spotted a rather substantial grey hair the other day – nightmare) but all the more reasons to get yourself merry and insist your friends and family do the same. And if they complain, remind them that you could always start celebrating your quarter birthdays too. Or monthly. Now there’s a thought…

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. millie #

    Love this idea!! Mine’s on Christmas day though but i always mention it and make sure my family say ‘happy half birthday’ to me!! haha

    February 3, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Heehee quite right too. They need to get their priorities right!

      February 5, 2012
  2. I too love this idea! My 1/2 birthday is in August and it seems like a great way to spice up the “dog days of Summer”. However, there are many August birthdays in my family already so I doubt they would warm up to this idea.

    February 3, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      It’s only right that they should share the joy… however as a leo myself I do understand that those with August birthdays like all the attention! Thanks for reading!

      February 3, 2012
  3. I always celebrate my half birthday! Its coming up on the 11th… And I thought I was the only person in the world over the age of 9 that celebrates it… It might just be a Leo thing… 🙂

    February 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Oh my god I’m so glad! Now I can defend my half birthday by telling everyone that Farheen does it too! Actually I was surprised when searching on google images for a half-birthday picture that quite a few people celebrate it. I’m sure leo is a big factor though! We sure do love our attention!!

      February 7, 2012

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