Here I am, celebrating the opportunity to be another year smarter.
I had drama about turning 30. Thankfully, I was at a women's retreat that year and was told by a woman in her 70's--"You're just another year smarter. Would you be in your 20's again, if you could? You open your heart and mind to learning and you'll never grow old." I kinda liked that way of thinking. Here I am, 13 years later, and grateful for each new birthday. What will I learn this year?
I had a really fabulous day. I was awakened by a sweet kiss from James, my youngest. He'd come downstairs early (before the alarm went off) to tell me happy birthday. He was then covered by kisses from our dogs.
Lee was next with hugs and kisses, as James and the dogs had awakened him too.
He wanted to know if I wanted my present in the morning or after dinner. I chose morning. I had an idea what it was, since I'd asked for it. Over the summer, I saw Iron Man and was blown away.
I was surprised by a card and some Dove chocolates from Thomas. He continually amazes me. He even wrote in the card!
Pearl did her best to catch up with me, but finally had to yell 'Happy Birthday, Mom' as she was headed to the bus stop. I was out in our pasture trying to get a decent photo of a crazy buck and his girlfriend.
I got calls from my wonderful in-laws, telling me Happy Birthday and asking if they could pick James up after school. Uh, yea! Great!
My dear sister, called and sang me Happy Birthday. :)
Hooray, what a great start to the day!!
Later, I was picked up by one of my best friends, DD. We ran some errands and went to lunch at a most yummy restaurant, Serranos. I never realized how errands become less of a drag, if you have a friend along. My usual entourage includes an unhappy child or two. Thanks, DD!
I came home to a delight. Lee worked from home, and while I was gone, he hit the grocery store. He baked giant cupcakes for after dinner (aacck, I forgot to add that he'd put a surprise in every cupcake--Jr. Mints!--a treat we've always shared at the movies). We'd planned on going to dinner this weekend with the extended family. I expected that any dessert would be consumed then. He told me it wouldn't be right to have a birthday without cake. He even dusted the tops of the cupcakes with powdered sugar, as he knows I'm not a frosting kind of girl.
Later, my loving in-laws brought James home. Mom and Dad not only came bearing kisses, hugs and gift card, but a homemade cheesecake! Holy cats! They'd just arrived home from a two week stay at their house in Arkansas, and mom found time to make a cheesecake. The house has been on the market for some time (flat housing market) and they were up doing Fall clean up to the yard. Anybody want an amazing house on a private lake in NW Arkansas? I'll shoot you the details. Anyway, back to the cheesecake. I wrapped it up tight and put it in the freezer. We'll all have some on Saturday after dinner.
Lee and I fixed dinner together and the evening wound down. I finished up, by getting to the end of a book I've been reading. Here's what the NY Times had to say about it. It is really one of the best books I've ever read. It is so stark and crushing. Not a happy book. Still, you have to read it. Beware, it's at least a 3-tissue ending.
And so ended a perfect day. No drama, not one bit. Well, I sobbed at the end of the book, but that doesn't count. I am one year older. One year wiser. I made mistakes in the last year. I will make some more in my year to come. Hopefully, I will be smart enough to own up to them and apologize. Hopefully, I will remember these tiny sentences.
No. I'm Sorry. I Don't Know the Answer to That. I Was Wrong. I Love You. What Can I Do to Help. Yes. Let Me Think About It. Because I Said So. You Hung the Moon. I'm Proud of You. Thank You.
I know there are many more I missed, but I'll remember them along the way.