This week's Photohunt is...Family!
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday, dear Brenda,
Happy Birthday to me!
Today was a fabulous birthday for me.
My day started with a phone call from my dear friend, Sophia, wishing me a quick Happy Birthday, before she went to work.
My beautiful daughter, Mylene, called shortly afterwards to wish me a Happy Birthday and we had a lovely before-we-both-leave-for-work conversation.
When I arrived at work, my front office person Crystal, had decorated my outer office door with balloons and Happy Birthday banners.
When I walked into my office, she had also decorated my counter with balloons and Happy Birthday banners, and a lovely gift rested on the countertop in a very pretty bag.
When the mail arrived a little later, several cards tumbled out...one from my brother, Edward; another from my sister, Leah; one more from my Aunt Margaret; yet another card from my wonderful friend, Lola Jean...a stash of love and good wishes for me.
Then, Sophia stopped by just before lunch to give me a perfect present, a luscious gift certificate to my favorite art supply store, Delta Art. I get to go shopping at Delta!
After dinner, my son, Michael called to wish me Happy Birthday and we had a nice long conversation about living in Burgundy, buying property in France, my new condo building and life in general.
When the call ended, I discovered there were 3 new messages on my voice mail from people who had called to wish me Happy Birthday....my dear friend, Eleanor; my son-in-law, James and my Aunt Margaret.
Then, my 12 year old grandson Bryden called on his own to wish me a Happy Birthday.
Right after Bryden called, his mother/my daughter phoned me to let me know that my granddarling, Taryn, tried to call and couldn't get through, because I was talking on the phone to Michael! (Yes, you're right, that's the Paris granddarling, Taryn!)
Her husband, my son-in-law James, could also be heard in the background of my conversation with Mylene, letting me know that he'd called to wish me a great birthday. What a wonderful family I have!
So, this day has been full to overflowing with the love of these amazing family members and best friends who cared enough to take a moment and make my day so much brighter by their simple act of kindness and love.
I am so blessed.
Yesterday's Photohunter topic was Family.
I was struggling with it because there are so many loving people in my family and I wasn't sure how to include everyone, not leaving anyone out.
This day became the conduit for me to write about those people in my life who love me and support me; and even more special, they are the people who allow me to love them.
We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together." ~ Erma Bombeck
That thread is love, Erma, love.