From the moment the clock struck 12 until the day ended, I was showered with unforgettable acts of love and kindness from family and friends, near and far. The surprises came when I least expected them and each birthday wish made me feel so special.
New age technology makes it easy for people to reach out; I received text messages, phone calls, videos, Facebook messages, and tweets from almost every continent of the world. From Ireland, England, Italy, Sweden, to Australia, Taiwan, the USA, Guatemala, and Lebanon, came voices that remembered.
I want to share a few of the moments that sparked my day.
Even before my mom came into my room at 5:35AM to wish me a happy birthday, I had already received about two dozen phone calls and text messages. As soon as I was awake enough to open my laptop and log onto Facebook, I was so very touched by Ethan and MacZ's sweet voices in their video post on my wall.
My morning got a little sweeter when M took me for a beautiful breakfast at Cosmopolitan. The most amusing part of the morning was when M, the waitress, and the people in surrounding booths started singing and wishing me a happy birthday. From the moment we became friends one summer afternoon, literally on a soccer field, our friendship has withstood all the growing pains that go with adolescence and the entering of adulthood.
When I got home, E (a.k.a. Pitbull) was over. We had a good laugh at our famous 'gangsta' pose from the night before while curling our hair. She and my brother surprised me with a Pandora charm to add to my collection. I love it.
About an hour later A popped in with a box of homemade brownie cupcakes. She impressed us all with her Martha Stewart decorating skills. We sat at the kitchen table with a cold glass of milk each and devoured the cupcakes. A and I go way way back to our first real job when we were 16 and working at the local bakery. What a riot! We have stories that will stay with us a lifetime.
The remainder of my day was spent at the lake, the mall, and around the kitchen table with my loved ones. My Nanna gave me a set of pillow cases that she had embroidered when she was my age. She's almost 90 now! How meaningful is that??
The midnight phone calls, messages, cupcakes, & company were an absolute delight. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.