It's my Birthday!
- "Birthday, Birthday, Birthday for you! It’s hard to believe that a year is through!"
Debbie sang this unconventional song and presented me with a burnt lasagna pan of angel food cake with no icing and a single candle. She had carved the word BIRTHDAY into the top of the cake, but the letter spacing was misjudged and the AY of the word curved down.
"Surprise! Make a wish!!" my roommate implored.
"I wish I was never born!" I responded.
"Aw, Come on. Turning 25 can't be that bad. Wish for something that can actually happen," Debbie urged.
"Um... I wish a jet engine would land on me while I slept like in Donnie Darko."
"Oh, I know. I wish you'd go away forever but leave me with enough money to cover your share of the rent."
This wore Debbie's patience, "You know Nate, you should be careful what you wish for. What if I really did go away forever? Then you’d feel awful."
"Maybe," I lied.
Debbie gave me a side hug and I cringed.
I blew out the candle and we sat in our apartment in the dark.