My 31st Birthday

13 Sep

Me and my 31st Birthday Cake

On August 18th, I entered the 31st year of my life. My birthday party was held at the recently renovated beach house of mine in Marshfield. The guests for the day consisted of my brother Brian and his wife Amanda, Amanda’s best friend Meghan Mahoney-Baker and her husband Phil and Amanda’s parents Lisa and Jim. This would mark the first time that Meg, Phil, Lisa and Jim had been inside the new summer home in its completed form. They were all so awed by the architecture and design of the exterior and interior of the house, including the outdoor decks and the bedrooms.

During the afternoon, I went with Brian, Amanda, Mom and Dad, Meg and Phil went to the beach. The weather was cloudy that day, but we managed to entertain with interesting stories about our lives in recent times. We also took a walk towards Beetle Rock, which is in the Rexhame Beach section of Marshfield. During our walk, we saw many cute dogs, including a mostly golden looking goldendoodle named Emma. Emma was so friendly and cute that I felt compelled to play with her for a few minutes.

Unfortunately, not too long thereafter, it started to rain, so we all head up to the house for the day. Lisa and Jim arrived at the house during the mid-afternoon. They were so delighted to see me on my birthday party, as I did love to see them and their family. Lisa and Jim gave me a nice Vineyard Vines shirt as a gift since I am a frequent shopper to the famous clothing store. Some other gifts I received consisted of a brand new watch and 21st Amendment beers from Brian and Amanda, Cisco Brewers beers and movie gift cards from Meg and Phil, an Amazon gift card from Mom and Dad, and a signed autographed poster of saxophonist Tim Cappello, who sang “I Still Believe” from The Lost Boys, from Brian’s close friend Rich Kei, who is living in Santa Monica. I had also received gifts from my brother Keith and his girlfriend Malorie earlier in the week, and from Aunt Noreen and her family and Uncle Larry the following day.

It was then time for the guests to have supper and sing “Happy Birthday” to me. The main course meal consisted of New England clam chowder and steak kabob sticks with vegetables and French bread alongside the steak. The cake was a delicious chocolate mint chip cake from the great local bakery in Marshfield called Veronica’s Sweetcakes. Chocolate mint cakes are some of my favorite types of cakes and was quite happy to see this cake from Sweetcakes. After the singing of “Happy Birthday” ended, I attempted to blow out the candles, only to realize that the candles were relightable. This provided a moment of levity and humor for the birthday occasion. The cake was a hit with everyone in the room.

Me with Dublin for my 31st birthday

The following Saturday, August 25th, I had an additional birthday party in which more people came down to Marshfield. These guests included Aunt Sheila and Uncle Bob and their children Siobhan, Tim, Ryan, Tim’s girlfriend Emily, my Aunt Noreen and her husband Chuck, and two of their sons, Henry and Luke, my grandmother and Aunt Kathy and Siobhan’s dog, a chocolate lab mix named Dublin. That Saturday was a such a beautiful day at the beach that I dove in the water a couple of times for a refreshing feel. I also went on a nice long walk with my relatives on the beach and I even got to see my cousins and Uncle Bob try the paddle board that Siobhan brought down to the beach.

After spending several hours on the beach, I headed up to my grandmother’s beach house, which is two houses up from mine, for the “Happy Birthday” wishes. That evening’s cake was a Dairy Queen ice cream cake that consisted of vanilla and chocolate flavors. I received even more gifts soon afterwards, including an online Amazon gift card from Uncle Sean and his wife Lynne, a Cheesecake Factory gift card from Aunt Sheila and her family and checks from Nana and Aunt Kathy. It was another memorable birthday in my life, and I hope to have see more birthdays like this in subsequent years.

17 Responses to “My 31st Birthday”

  1. Claire September 15, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

    Sounds like a great birthday, Scott!

  2. Marge Lerner October 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Scott, I share your love for anything chocolate mint flavored. Glad you had such a memorable birthday.

  3. Jeanne Flynn October 18, 2018 at 12:58 am #

    Scott: Thanks for sharing this with me. Love the picture of you and Dublin. Jeanne

  4. Betsy Roche October 22, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Sounds like you had wonderful celebrations!

  5. Abby Frucht October 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    You certainly had a full day, Scott. I’m glad you had the chance to spend your birthday with so many people you love, and who love you in return.

  6. Diane Turco October 23, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great time!

  7. Aunt Chris October 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed this blog post about your birthday celebrations Scott! Two great days of fun, food, beaching, dogs, family and friends! Uncle Pat and I were away that week, but we’re looking forward to seeing you during the holidays.

  8. Donald Rubinstein October 25, 2018 at 4:22 am #

    Scott, I very much enjoyed reading about your(ongoing) 31st. birthday. It was a real pleasure. Thank your generosity of spirit in sharing in such detail all that occurred. It sounds like you have a wonderful family. Many blessings to you my friend.

  9. Amy October 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

    Scott! What a great day! So happy to hear your birthday was filled with laughter, family, and friends. (re-ignitable candles- never get old) Hope your year is filled with all of these things, too!

  10. erinthorne1 October 25, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    Sounds like a great birthday, especially having two cakes and enjoying the beach! I love the re-lighting candles too. 🙂 Good luck in the coming year!

  11. luis October 28, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Scott! sounds like a great birthday celebration, so happy for you, thank you for writing and describing it so well. Cheers! Here’s to many more!

  12. Full Spectrum Mama October 31, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks so much for keeping me in the loop.

    You’re doing a great job at life and are surrounded by love (how many birthday parties??) and it gives me lots of hope for my son, who is will graduate from high school next year.

    Happy birthday!

    Best wishes,
    Full Spectrum Mama

  13. rainperry November 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    Sounds great, Scott!

  14. Bridget Ilene Delaney February 15, 2019 at 3:47 am #

    I am part of a group of actors and contributors that are currently creating a play that we are calling “The Autism/Asperger’s Project” and it is meant to bring understanding to the misunderstood. We would like to use a part of your poem, “Just a Normal Day” in the play. We would like to tour it at schools and also would hope for it to be published. Would you give us permission to use it (we would print that it was used by permission) and would you want us to say that the poem is by you within the script or is it just enough to give you credit on the program? The play will first be seen at McNeese State Univeristy in Lake Charles, Louisiana from March 20-March 24.

  15. Leo April 25, 2019 at 10:43 am #

    Really nice to hear about your birthday and see a few pictures! Dublin looks like a pretty chilled guy. All the best from the UK.

  16. Pamela Means July 9, 2019 at 3:42 am #

    Hi Scott! Thank you for sharing! Sooo much cake. Yum. If you’re accepting belated birthday gifts, would you like a “Pamela Means” t-shirt? If so, send me an email with your preferred size and mailing address.

  17. VIC LEONE October 28, 2019 at 4:10 am #


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