Birthday Girl

I came into my house on Sunday night, in the complete darkness, wondering where my dogs were, when my friends turned on the light and came tumbling out of hiding places, yelling surprise and happy birthday.

From dark into light, from ordinary day into extra ordinary night. They had schemed and planned and there were cupcakes with pink icing and pop and presents and flowers and they sang me happy birthday. They thought enough of me to come out on a Sunday night, to wish me happy birthday – taking time out of preparing for their week ahead, just for me.

Yesterday, all day between Facebook and here, and phone calls and emails, people wished me happy birthday, they bought me coffee, they bought me lunch. I have been feted and celebrated and I am a bit overwhelmed. I have a wonderful new Garmin watch to run with and a lovely card and wool and flowers, and oh, my heart is full.

And I come back to it, my life has bitter, I have known bitter, tasted it full in my mouth and it has not broken me, not made me scowl. If anything, the bitter makes the sweet. Light into darkness and the ordinary into the extra ordinary.

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14 Responses to Birthday Girl

  1. a says:

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful birthday!

    (Could you define pop for me? Because in my very narrow neck of the woods, it’s what everyone else calls soda, and they look at me like I’m crazy when I call it pop.)

  2. WhiteStone says:

    And may I had one more “Happy Birthday!”

    (We use the term “pop”, too, instead of “soda” in our neck of the woods. It’s a regional thing.)

  3. Brown Owl says:

    You are truly blessed!
    Happy Birthday Mrs S.

  4. Donna says:

    Happy belated birthday! I’m glad you got to celebrate and enjoy yourself.

  5. Natalie says:

    SWEET! Happy birthday!!! You have awesome friends. 🙂

  6. Needles says:

    That sounds lovely!

  7. HereWeGoAJen says:

    Hooray! I am glad you had such a lovely birthday.

  8. Kristin says:

    I’m glad you had such an awesome birthday!

  9. debby says:

    I’m glad that bitterness did not hijack your life and your mind. I very much enjoy your daily snippets of wisdom and humor.

  10. Virginia says:

    The bitter does make the sweet, makes the light into darkness. So very true, and so very beautiful.

  11. Ya Chun says:

    Glad your birthday was wonderful and that you felt surrounded by love and kinship.

    Happy Belated Birthday (I haven’t had my computer on since Friday!)

  12. linds says:

    Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! And what a lovely surprise! I love surprises….

  13. Jamie says:

    YOU are extra ordinary . . .

  14. loribeth says:

    So glad your friends did that for you. : ) Happy birthday!

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