Yesterday was my birthday. While I'm not particularly *thrilled* to admit that I've turned 43, I'm not one to lie about my age, either. I figure I've lived, experienced, and earned all of the joys, tears, laughs, meals, chores, events, mistakes, excitement, monotony, pleasures, fears, decisions, and dreams of each of those years, and I wouldn't deny any of them.
I don't mind the laugh lines that are starting to develop (hey, they just show I'm a fun-loving gal, right?) The only thing I tinker with is my hair, because I've been the victim of genetics to inherit premature graying from an all-too-early age. It's kind of fun to change the semi-permanent hues or hennas for different highlights or seasons. (Looking for a bright side to pitiless genes.)
No, I don't mind birthdays. They usually entail a nice dinner out and a decadent dessert, the likes of which I don't usually indulge in most of the time. I received lots of cards, emails, and Facebook greetings (I could feel the love!)
Yesterday was special because I was able to spend my birthday with one of very best friends. We have been buds since freshman year in high school, so a history of nearly 29 years ensures an ease and good time whenever we're together. It was a wonderful surprise to learn that she and her husband would just happen to be in town for a convention. We bopped around Georgetown, had lunch at an outdoor cafe, and watched the time zip by all too quickly.
I received another special gift, too. This past summer I helped a family friend arrange a trip to Ascoli Piceno for her 65th birthday. She took her entire family - 4 kids and their spouses, 7 grandkids, and her husband - to celebrate the big event. I booked them in a wonderful villa, set up a personal chef, arranged for tickets to La Quintana, and reserved some very special restaurants, in addition to sending them to all our favorite spots. She returned and raved about the trip and has continuously thanked me whenever I talk to her.
The frame is on my desk and I think of my beautiful city and wonderful experiences whenever I look at it.