Birthday Blues

James Proclaims (4)

Hello blogosphere!

Today is the 4th April and therefore it is my birthday. My birthday is on the 4th April every year and I fully anticipate maintaining this tradition for many years to come.

One of the main reasons, indeed possibly the only reason, that I went into the education profession was that the 4th April is always in the Easter holidays and so, theoretically, I would never have to work on my birthday.

This theory has been proven incorrect on three occasions since I joined the teaching ranks. Arguably the worst was a few years back when my birthday fell on a working Monday, but today was almost as bad, for today is Tuesday and once again I found myself at the metaphorical coalface of my profession.

Although I have but three more days until I am off work for two full weeks, and therefore have scant reason to complain, I was more than a little put out to be ‘celebrating’ my birthday in my place of work.

Not least because apparently I was still expected to actually do some work while I was there.

And not everyone seemed to be aware that I was deserving of their unreserved affection and adoration.

I mean I told everyone who would listen obviously and when properly briefed most people did indeed wish me a happy birthday, but should I have had to tell them? Shouldn’t they just know?

There were some highlights. I was greeted enthusiastically first thing by a student who remembered it was my birthday, without any prompting, because it was also her birthday today. Apparently we’d had that conversation some time ago. I felt bad for not remembering it was also her birthday until she pointed it out, although I was slightly marvelling at her apparent psychic abilities up to that point.

Later in the day some of my colleagues gathered together to sing me happy birthday. That was genuinely touching.

And I did stuff my face with cake throughout the day, which was nice, even if it was me who bought the cake in the first place.

Still when the time came to down tools, I needed no second prompting and I raced out of my workplace and drove quickly (but at entirely legal speeds obviously) to my homestead and the loving arms of Mrs Proclaims, who greeted me with lots of presents.

Indeed for a man, now very much in his late thirties, my present haul this year was embarrassingly good.

I loved everything I got, and to all of the present buyers (many of whom read this blog) I can only offer a wholehearted thank you – I’m loath to single any out but the R2D2 oven mitts that my sister bought me were pretty inspired.


As ever Mrs Proclaims also provided me with a giant birthday cookie in lieu of a cake. Obviously if she got me a cake I’d be happy enough, but given the choice I’d always opt for a giant cookie. I’ve already eaten a massive piece and it’ll be a surprise if it makes it to the weekend before I’ve scoffed the lot.


For the little that is left of my birthday I’m going to try and make merry. I can’t make too merry because  I have more work on the morrow but Mrs Proclaims and I are off for some fine dining this evening.

We’ll probably be ordering from the set menu though – it is only Tuesday after all…

  48 comments for “Birthday Blues

  1. April 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m totally jealous of your new oven mitts. Those are the absolute coolest!!

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    • April 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks – they really are aren’t they?

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  2. sportsattitudes
    April 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Happy Birthday James! The Easter holiday does indeed “jump around” on the calendar doesn’t it? Those oven mitts are very cool although they do look a bit robotic (!). Birthdays at work can go either way I suppose. It is pretty good when one is acknowledged on the actual day but I think it is much less special of a day when employers simply read off or list multiple births at the beginning of the month and call it a day. That cookie really has no shot at making it to the weekend does it?

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    • April 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      No chance at all I’m afraid…

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  3. April 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    James, the benefit of purchasing your own cake is that you get to pick the flavor and design. Yumminess guaranteed! May all of your birthday wishes come true! I am grateful you were born and share your adventures with the rest of us. 🙂

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    • April 4, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks – I’m grateful I was born too for purely narcissistic reasons…

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      • April 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        I love to teach the story of Narcissus and finding one’s self. May your birthday adventures continue to lead you on your path of awesomeness!

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      • April 4, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        Great post and I didn’t know that about daffodils – thanks for sharing 🙂

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      • April 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm

        Avoid angering goddesses today. I don’t know what we would do if you were to waste away at the side of pool staring at your own reflection (You might make a pretty flower though) 😉

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      • April 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

        I think I’d make a wonderful flower 🙂


  4. April 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Happy Birthday James .. I suppose I have found a match in you,who is as excited as me when it comes to celebrating birthday! I will poke you on my birthday to wish me… 😉

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    • April 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      And I will gladly reciprocate 🙂


  5. April 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Happy Birthday, James! I’m incredibly envious of the oven mitts.

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  6. April 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Shame on them making you work in your birthday!!
    And a happy birthday I hope it is, get older, not wiser 🙂

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    • April 4, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Certainly no wisdom to be found here…


      • April 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

        Lol it’s more because there is a saying here, if someone is an eejit or is needing about we’d say ‘There’s wiser eatin grass’ lol

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      • April 5, 2017 at 6:45 am

        I love that 😀


  7. April 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Happy actual birthday this time! I was tempted out for cocktails (on a school night – the shame!) earlier. Clearly, my other half must have wanted to subconsciously raise a glass in celebration of your arrival day! Oh, and those oven mitts are excellent – want!

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    • April 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Cocktails on a school night are indeed shameful. Although I might have had a glass of red or two…

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  8. April 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I’m not going to wish you………………, oh no, I’m not, I’m not, no, no, no, NO I’m not going to wish you. OH TO HELL WITH IT, Happy New Year.

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    • April 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I see what you did there and I’m genuinely touched…

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  9. April 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Proclaims. Many happy non-school day returns. Could’ve been worse – you could’ve been born during the Christmas holidays, but then… fewer presents. Perish the thought.

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    • April 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Yeah I wouldn’t like that…

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  10. April 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, I think we should write to the PM birthdays should be statutory holidays!!! If your birthday happens to fall during a particular holiday you should get the day in lieu… wouldn’t that be great! The schools where I am are actually already on holiday for Easter… sorry I shouldn’t have told you that! Glad you had some cake and awesome pressies though!

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    • April 5, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Great idea – maybe birthday holidays could be a perk of Brexit. Turns out a lot of schools are already off, including the one my other half works at, so it’s just my stupid school that’s still going.

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  11. April 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope your evening was full of fun and wine.
    Ps I’m also on school hols already…

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    • April 5, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Well I hope you enjoyed my birthday more than I did! Although there may have been wine last night…

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  12. generationxishere
    April 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    You still get presents? You lucky dog.

    Happy birthday!!

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    • April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

      I do and lots of them! It’s slightly ridiculous but I’m not complaining 😀

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  13. April 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Happy birthday mate!

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    • April 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thanks 😃


  14. April 5, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Happy birthday!! I am jealous that your birthday usually falls over Easter. It only happens for me once every 10 years it seems (this being year one so sorry for stealing it from you!). But I hope you had the most enjoyable day! Even if you did have to work, and even if it was “only Tuesday after all”

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  15. April 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I love those oven gloves but I love how you said you want to keep 4th April your birthday for years to come, even more. Not that you had much of a choice in that 🙂

    If you have time, check out my latest blog post of me embarrassing myself at and let me know what you think!

    Happy Blogging x

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  16. April 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hey fellow April baby! My birthday is the 6th. I’m not a teacher but I’m finally working for a company that has an official policy that you get your birthday off. Woo-hoo! Hope your day was wonderful!

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    • April 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I love that company policy!


  17. April 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Happy birthday! And don’t worry, birthdays are good for you; the more you have the longer you live!

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    • April 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      A valid point – I shall endeavour to have many more

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  18. April 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Happy burfday!

    PS I’m on school hols already too…….:)

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    • April 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      My jealousy is lessened by the fact that a bizarrely generous ‘half day’ on Friday means I’m now only a day and a half from joining you 🙂

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  19. marple25mary
    April 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Happy belated Birthday, Mr. Proclaims! Very cool oven mitts! And that gargantuan cookie looks yummy.

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    • April 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Thanks and it is, although there is not much left…

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  20. April 6, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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    • April 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Thanks – I’m totally celebrating again on the weekend!

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  21. April 7, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Happy Birthday!

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