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THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING
HowDoctors CelebrateTheir Birthdays
20 years later, so make of that what you will.
When you’re a kid, having a birthday on or around a major holiday sounds great. Double the celebration, right? Anyone who actually has their birthday near a holiday can tell you this isn’t the case. Usually, all your friends are busy with their family, and if your birthday is too close to Christmas, people often try to lump them together. My birthday is on November 27, usually falling on or right around Thanksgiving Day. Fortunately, no one has ever tried to lump my birthday with Thanksgiving, and I usually got to enjoy being out of school on my birthday! That said, during my adult life, my birthdays have never been huge deals. When I was in college and med school, I’d always come home to visit my family for Thanksgiving, so I couldn’t go out with my friends. The exception to this was my 21st birthday. That year, I was home from college at the same time as two of my good friends from high school. At the stroke of midnight, as soon as I was officially 21, they took me out to all the bars. It was the craziest night. We only had an hour and a half to squeeze in a full night of partying before the bars in town closed. There’s a greasy hamburger place in my hometown that’s been around since my dad was a kid. Despite being located in Lynchburg, Virginia, it’s called The Texas Inn, but everyone in town calls it The T-Room. After the bars closed, my friends and I ended up at The T-Room, where the famous dish is the Cheesy Western. This is a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and onion relish. It’s usually not very good, but when you’re 21 years old and celebrating your 21st birthday, the Cheesy Western is the most amazing thing in the world. As a doctor, today I would not advise celebrating your birthday the way I did — but I’m still with you almost
My 21st birthday remains one of my favorites, and not because of the excessive drinking. I really value spending quality time with my friends and family. I’ve never been much of a gift guy; to be honest, I don’t like getting presents. This is the opposite of my wife. She loves giving and getting gifts.
During our first Christmas together, Renee and I had only been dating for a few months, but I thought I’d found the most thoughtful gift when I got her a teapot and some tea from a restaurant we really liked. I wasn’t prepared for Renee’s gift scavenger hunt, which ended in a new iPhone. It was overwhelming, but over the years, we’ve figured each other out. For our anniversary this year, we went to Tahiti and Bora Bora, just the two of us. It’s the best gift I’ve ever gotten. This year, my birthday is the day before Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to it because the entire family will be in town. Most of Renee’s family already lives in town, my brother-in-law will be coming in, and my
parents are coming down, too. We’ll probably go out to dinner at Perry’s. Though, with Thanksgiving being the next day, we might take it easy instead. I don’t want to overindulge two days in a row.
Then again, it is my birthday. And you only turn 41 once, right?
“This year, my birthday is the day before Thanksgiving.”
–Dr. Seth Evans
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