But if I have to deal with the agony of growing older, I still get to enjoy some privileges of age. For instance ...
1. Birthdays are rarely celebrated all in one day. I haven't actually had to cook a meal since Sunday.
2. Your friends are more concerned with wishing you a happy birthday than they are with getting a piece of cake at your party. At least, they pretend to be. : )
3. Cards and presents are received for several days before and after your birthday. (It helps to know more people than a twelve year old would know.)
4. Kids feel a let down when they get clothes as gifts. Adults actually get excited about it.
5. Kids have a party, with maybe a clown. I got a pedicure with a couple of friends and dinner at Olive Garden.
6. Kids gets Legos and Nerf guns. I got earrings and a Books-a-Million gift card.
7. Kids get a birthday dinner at McDonalds. We went to Logans.
8. Kids still have a bedtime on their birthdays. I stayed up as late as I wanted. (I regretted it in the morning, but let's ignore that part.)
9. Kids can't order things online and then call them "an early birthday present". I can. I did.
10. Kids can't motivate or guilt everyone around them into doing what they want by saying, "But it's my birthday!" Not that I would do that.
All in all, except for the age thing, it pays to get older.