If there is one other thing (aside from aging) that my birthday brought me, it’s the realization that I am surrounded with such loving family and friends. Never mind that I don’t have a new phone or a new car or my own big house or all the riches in the world (LOL).
Though it was quite an exhausting night because my dear Nate was sick, I woke up to a nice little surprise from my hub and kids: a stack of birthday pancakes!
Later at dinner, hub came home with a real cake all aglow with 33 glorious candles.
E-cards, emails and text messages flowed in all day (and continued to flow in today!). I am glad for the thoughtfulness of family and of friends, old and new. I got a heartwarming poem from Ena, my oldest friend. Oldest in the sense that we’ve been friends since 1st grade – 26 years of precious friendship! A few lines from the poem:
Thank you for being beside me
When I needed someone that cared…
Thank you for holding me tightly
When there was a need I had to cry.
Thank you for always smiling
When I couldn’t smile at all,
And thank you for boosting my ego
For the times I felt so small.
Your friendship I cherish so deeply
So this message to you I send,
May God bless and always watch over you
And may you always remain my friend…
Thank you, Ena, for the friendship that transcends time and space. I so cherish you too.
Another invaluable gift is a Powerpoint Birthday Slideshow that Patchy, my 9-year old daughter, made – with matching animation on my favorite template! She wrote such a sweet and straightforward message, the kind children are easily capable of. It touched me so deeply I was crying as I read it. She was teary too, perhaps with joy that her card brought me happiness and pride. She made it in under 30 minutes, in the time that I was teaching VGood some reading lessons. I am proud to be the mom of such a sweet and smart girl.
With so much love and thoughtfulness, who needs material gifts? (Of course, I could use a Sony Ericsson K800i phone, hub!). 😛