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Women are especially good at remembering those important personal celebration moments in the lives of the people around us.   We usually take charge of remembering the birthdays and anniversaries of not only our side of the family, but his as well, once you're married.

Fess up.  How many of you would remember his mother’s birthday, or his parent’s anniversary but he never could?

When I divorced I had all of these dates engrained in my brain.  Although I still send birthday wishes to my ex-stepchildren, his birthday was one I really wished I could erase from my memory.  Every year when his birthday came around I would remember it a few days before, and the day of.

Tonight I came home for work and my daughter looked up from her homework and exclaimed...I need to give Dad a call, it’s his birthday.  I’m sure I looked stunned for a moment, and then a slow smile crept in as I thought...'Yes indeed.  It is his birthday today and not once did that register in my brain.

Wow! I had finally moved on from parts of my past that used to be so important to me.  However, there are other milestone dates in our marriage that I never forget.  The first being our wedding date.  As people say, it’s her special day.  Mine was special indeed since my father is a minister and he married us; something that I had wished for since I was a little girl.  It was also the last day that I saw my grandfather alive. He passed a few months later.  It was a special day indeed.  Filled with memories I cherish forever.

The final date we shared together is May 4th, which was the day our divorce was finalized.  This year will be the nine year anniversary of the ending of that chapter in my life.  For me that was the beginning of the incredible life that I live now, one that is worth celebrating every single year.

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