On having a 9/11 birthday…

Happy Birthday LAC!As someone who’s birthday happens to be September 11, nobody has hit it on the head quite like America’s Finest News Source The Onion in their article from the first aniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

“My birthday’s gonna suck for the rest of my life,” Bachman said on the eve of his 29th birthday. “Every year, I’m going to want to go out and have fun, but it’s always going to be inappropriate in light of the meaning of this most tragic of days.”

“It’s probably going to be at least 10 years before I can get back to celebrating like a normal person.” Bachman said. “Then again, that 10th anniversary of the attacks should be a pretty big deal, too. Fuck.”

Personally I’ve never made a big deal out of birthdays, but for everyone else out there with a 9/11 birthday please accept my unreserved “Happy Birthday!”

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9 thoughts on “On having a 9/11 birthday…”

  1. Have to admit it is hard to be the least bit joyful when all you hear about today is the tragedy and suffering of so many.

    But we shall spend our birthaday(s) doing what we want and feeling what we want about ourselves and others despite it all–no matter what age we are on this day 😉 !

    Happy Birthday, Jon!

  2. That was the first time in my life that I felt real fear. I did not fear for me, but for my son. He was just a few months old, and I remember I called my husband and said: “Bad timing to having a baby… we don’t know what will happen with the world now”.

    I was expecting something like WWIII, bombs, and the end of the world as we know it.

    I just could think about Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:19: Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days!


  3. It is now Sept. 13th and the cards from my mom and dad sit in the trunk of my car, unopened. Still not in the mood to be happy. Try having a 9/11 birthday, plus your supervisor schedules your annual evaluation for that day, plus you are bipolar….this weekend sounds like a good time for my 44th birthday, don’t you’all think?

  4. Maggie,

    Do what you’ve gotta and celebrate your birthday whenever you feel like it. In 2001 my coworkers moved my birthday to September 20th! Hope you have a good one.

  5. Thanks Jon,
    By the way, I saw Rob Bachman’s Onion article a few years ago too. I think it is hilarious, I’m pretty sure I saved it. Its perfect…I can just see a deadpan comedian standing up on stage saying that…”My birthday’s gonna suck for the rest of my life…” Or even Rodney Dangerfield’s complaining…my life is so bad that I can’t even celebrate my birthday anymore….. ha! But seriously, we do need to enjoy and celebrate life. Thanks again for your wishes to all of us Sept. 11 babies, Jon, you are an inspiration.

  6. I am also a 9/11 baby, and live in the New York area, and through a planned business trip avoided being in the World Trade Center that day (where my company had its offices).

    I try to celebrate life that day. But if the need for social interaction reigns supreme, just celebrate your half birthday on March 11. As long as it’s annual, nobody really cares about the fractions.

  7. Having a 9/11 birthday and after seeing the tragidy on tv that day in time, i found myself in deep thought about the issue… For starters i knew my birthday would never be celebrated with the same feelings in previous years leading upto 9/11/2001 One thing was for certain this day would forever be changed and never be the same especially for those who were born on 9/11. Ive come to realize something after 6 years… Either the glass is half full or half empty. You can look at this day you were born on as a day of sadness or you can celebrate it as a day of moving forward while still embracing those who were lost… Believe me, they are now in a better place way above. I choose to celebrate my day of birth as a glass half full… We are americans we rebuild, overcome but never forget our own… Celebraiting this day any less than a day of moving forward toward positive events to come is only feeding support to those who took the lives of our people on our soil. The glass is either half empty or half full.

  8. The tragedy of the World Trade Center happened six years ago on my 30th birthday. I am now 36 on 9/11 and I do set aside a time on that day to pray for all those that were left behind that lost someone very special in their lives whether it would be friends, relatives or spouses due to the tragic events that unfolded that day. I will remember forever what happened that day and feel horribly for those that still have to deal with the aftermath on a day to day basis. But I do make sure I celebrate my life as I was born on that day and I believe those that passed on wouldnt want those of us born that day to be miserable the whole day but to celebrate our lives and enjoy every minute we can with our loved ones. Because we dont know when as sad as it is when we are going to see the last of our loved ones. So be sure to tell the people you love every day how much you love and cherish them. Enjoy the life that you have.

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