Do you have a person in your life who would drop everything, even leave church, if you sent a text saying you needed her? Or Him? I do. In fact, I have no doubt I have many people like this in my life.
Here’s what happened.
When we woke up this morning I saw the sun was shining. Rick said “happy birthday, my temp is still 101”. I contemplated my options. I could stay home and keep him company with a martyr’s attitude (and I don’t mean the good kind), or I could take off and find something to do.
I chose the latter.
All the while I was getting myself ready and driving toward town I kept telling myself what great time this would be. One of my favorite things to do is spend an entire day alone with my camera and just wander, I reminded myself. However, just past Geneva I was aware of tears on my cheeks and sobs being stifled. I really didn’t want to spend my birthday alone. Again, I had two choices; suck it up and go it alone, or reach out and find someone to join me.
I chose the latter.
I sent a text to my sister-in-law, Laura
Me: are you at church today?
Laura: Yes. Happy Birthday!!!
Me: Dang. I was hoping you could meet me for breakfast.
Laura: When and Where?
Me: Right now.
Me: The place next to Tony’s in Fairhaven.
Laura: I’ll be there in 15 minutes?
Me: YES!! You’ve saved me from a major pity party!
We had the loveliest time. We talked and talked and talked. We wandered a bit after, poked around a little flower shop on the corner…Such a lovely thing, to have someone who would drop everything to spend time with you on your birthday.
And After a lovely time of appetizers and wine at Hanna’s, a girl’s only party, Caleb came home and chatted. I got to see all my kids, although not at the zoo, and not a family dinner. It was different, but not disappointing and not sad.
When I came home and read all the birthday messages left for me on my facebook I was completely humbled and grateful for all the amazing and wonderful people in my life. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve.
This morning my Dad wrote on my facebook that it was a warm Spring day on the day I was born. And I thought what a wonderful feeling that someone in the world would remember the day a person was born. I don’t know why that meant so much to me, but it did. It does.
Happy Birthday to me, and thank you to each person that was a part of it!