Saturday, June 09, 2007

Kus me, ik ben jarig!

In Holland the birthday celebrant is expected to organize their own birthday. You throw the party and invite everyone. You bring your coworkers cake and treats on your birthday, etc.. So unlike in North America, I think its acceptable here to say," It's my birthday!"

In fact, a popular Dutch phrase is "Kus me, ik ben jarig." "Kiss me, it's my birthday." I'll have to try this tonight. >:-)

I must admit though, I'm actually feeling a year older today. I took my complete dive gear (including lead weights) on a one-hour public transit mystery tour to the pool. The pool was awesome and the people I met were fun! But the muscles I pulled getting there will haunt me for days.

Thanks to Anonymous (yeah right) and Irene who had birthday wishes posted before I myself was awake and posting. Very kind! And I should thank FaceBook too, as it automatically notified a ton of other people who also sent wishes.

Thanks all!

6 comments:

J. D. said...

Morgan.....Ya, I remember that Dutch tradition. I love the, "Kus me, ik ben jarig." part best.
Big hugs on your birthday...Mom

Theresa said...

Gefeliciteerd! Sorry I'm a day late, but I don't get a chance to pop into every blog every day. Hope you had a great day.

I Dive At Night said...

Thanks Theresa! And you aren't late. How do you know gefeliciteerd? Dutch friends or babel fish?

Minka said...

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, late but I mean it just the same.

*gives him a kiss on the cheek*

36? don´t worry that muscle will relax again, it´s not like you are 37!

narcosis in paradise said...

Happy Birthday Morgan. :-) *kiss* Wishing you all the best.

Theresa said...

My family is originally from Holland, so I understand Dutch, but unfortunately I don't speak it very well. My Mom moved back from America a few years ago and is now living in Nieuw Roden (near Groningen). I'm a first generation American, who has gone back to Europe to stay for good :)