Please welcome my birthday guest - Kris Jacen!
I can think of several birthdays that stand out to me. Doesn’t everyone dream of turning 21? Finally being able to do everything and anything they want? Buy a pack of cigarettes and an alcoholic drink of choice? (not that I actually smoke but it works in the visual right? lol) I remember turning 21 and then losing my grampy six months later…then turned 22 and lost my grammie nine months later…then turned 23 and lost my pa eleven months later. Looked at my remaining grandparent and told her I wasn’t turning 24. I celebrated birthday 23 plus for sixteen years and when I said my finally good-byes to my nana she wished me “Happy 24th birthday”.
Happier birthdays to remember… my birthday when I was maybe four and saw Frosty the Snowman for the first time. Ran to my grampy jumped in his lap and was talking really fast because Frosty wished me a happy birthday. My first birthday in Hawaii? Visited Hanauma Bay with my two year old and sister, instead of a white birthday with snow, it was white with sand. Oh did I mention that I’m a Christmas Eve baby? Celebrating my 40th when my mom gave me my grammie’s wedding ring or my 45th when I could say “oh yeah, I did that half marathon before this birthday”.
Other happys…remember my oldest’s first birthday and her being very hesitant to even touch her individual ladybug cake…she just didn’t want to get dirty. My youngest’s first birthday in our house here in New York…she was all sweet and “oh are you all singing for me?”
I can’t wait to celebrate a few birthdays coming in the next few years…the dh will be 50 in January – working on what he’s going to get…the oldest will be 16 here soon and is already thinking about what she wants for a car (ummmm, when did I get this old?)…and this September my youngest hits double digits; yes, she’s going to be 10. While I miss all those cuddles and them wanting mama to hold them, I couldn’t be prouder of them and can’t wait to see what they do with each birthday that passes.
Kris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.