Another birthday has come and gone. Usually for me, it is just another day. This year didn’t seem like it was going to be any different, especially because I had work all day. In fact, our Legislature meeting fell on that Monday and we had some hot button issues that were going to be discussed so it was going to be a long night. However, my friends and family made my birthday one of the best yet.
It started Monday morning when I woke up to find a birthday card resting against my TV and gift cards laid out on my dresser. Two were for shopping but the third was for Barnes and Noble. OMG! A gift card so I can buy new books! YES! My fingers twitched as it longed to grab it and run right to the book store with it. But alas I had to get ready for work. (I have since used that gift card as pictured).
I expected the birthday wishes from coworkers but I was not expecting to be handed a birthday card filled with lottery scratch offs (wasn’t a winner) and a dozen Cider Belly donuts (YUM).
The meeting that night didn’t go as well as expected as things we were trying to get passed got voted down (so much for birthday luck). To make a long night even worse, I came home to a power outage due to the high winds from storms that had passed through the area. Yet, my fiancé shocked me with yet another gift I found lying on my pillow via the flashlight. He bought me 3 private ballroom lessons, which has always been a bucket list item. I love dancing! To say that I felt love on my birthday is understatement but I didn’t know that the best was yet to come.
My best friend took me out for a birthday dinner on Thursday because that is the first day when both our schedules actually lined up. And that is when she handed me over the gift bag. Inside was a “My weekend is all booked” t-shirt. Then I open the card and got the shock of my life. She had set up a literary weekend for the two of us.
I have to set the date but I am going to Concord, Massachusetts to tour Orchard House, the house that Louisa May Alcott lived in and where she wrote “Little Women”, one of my all-time favorite books. Then we are going to picnic at Walden Pond and visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which has the graves of the Alcott family along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and others. She even laid out some required reading including “Little Women”, “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. The fact that she went to all the trouble to plan something so detailed .. and for me… is amazing.
It was the icing the on the cake of what has been an extraordinary birthday. I couldn’t have asked for anything different.