Today was Brittany's birthday. She would have turned 29 today. I took work off so I could hang with my family today. Even my Dad called in sick today (the second time he's done so in 9 years!) and my Mom didn't go to work. Kate and Rico got a babysitter for the babies. And Gigi was at her daycare. All of this so we could celebrate Britt's birthday. It was a bittersweet day. Bitter for obvious reasons. Sweet because we focused a lot on the good memories we have of Britt.
We went to Stockman's restaurant (a steakhouse between Rigby and Idaho Falls that was started in LaPoint, UT of all places) for lunch where we stuffed ourselves silly. After that we took flowers to Britt's grave. It had been a long time since I'd been to the gravesite.
After that I hung out at my parents' house for a bit then we got Gigi from the daycare then went to Idaho Falls. My mom watched Morgan, Wyatt, and Giselle while the Kate, Rico, my Dad, and I went to see a movie. We saw Push. It was a fun movie albeit a little strange. I liked it a lot (What does this say about me?).
We then went back to my parents' house where I gave them a picture I found at Deseret Book of an angel holding a young girl which very much expresses how we all feel about the whole situation.
I had thought the day would be hard. Parts of it were. Most of it was just nice and relaxing. Just the way Britt liked her birthday to be. We all turned down cheesecake for dessert at lunch. Mom turned to me when we were leaving the restaurant and said, teary-eyed, "Britt would have had the cheesecake." She would have had the cheesecake even if she were full.
Jake Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing. He is the author of The Tales of the Unluckiest Lucky Girl series. He is also an avid reader, traveler, movie-watcher, and music lover. He currently serves in the US Navy and is stationed in San Diego, CA.