On Saturday, I had a long phone visit with Polly (on her birthday; I really miss the days when we lived near enough to one another to celebrate our birthdays together). Then my parents dropped by - with a Black Forest cake from Silvek's, OMG - and shared some laughs around my dining table. They also spoiled me with a handy gift and a card with a personal note that gave me tears and made me so proud.
On Sunday, my youngest daughter and her boyfriend made dinner for me and watched home movies with me. Let me tell you, that boy can cook! And the time we spent together did my heart a lot of good.
Monday, having lost track of the date, Annie called early to be the first to offer good wishes. That made my heart sing, too, and I was so glad to have a chance to catch up with her a bit.
Tuesday, my work buddies treated me to lunch at The Flying Fish, one of my all-time favorite spots. I used up 42 Weight Watchers points, and I enjoyed every single one of them.
I got e-mail greetings from an auntie, and a sweet card from a cousin, and a handmade work-of-art card from YaYa Lisa, and a silly card from my sister. And this coming weekend, there's a YaYa get-together at Lisa's house to celebrate three YaYa birthdays: Kimberly's, Leigh's, and mine. Birthdays just don't get better (or longer) than this.
But I know all of the people who so kindly spoiled me and made me feel like a queen will understand when I say the very best gift of all was a handmade card my daughter left for me to find on Tuesday. It's beautiful, of course. She's an artist. But what it says made me sit down and have a happy cry.
Thank you for doing so much for me. I don't know what I'd do without you. You're a wonderful mom. I just needed to grow up to see it! I love you, mom.