I forgot to post this a few months ago…better late than never, right?!
For those of you that don’t know, birthdays are a very big deal to me. Growing up in my family birthdays were always something to look forward to. If my birthday fell on a school day, my parents would always send a large bouquet of balloons or yellow roses. I would be loaded with cards, flowers, balloons and gifts, and let’s be honest, I absolutely loved this. Birthdays were always fun celebrations of love and laughter and I came to cherish each and every one.
As an adult I find it a little more embarrassing to be as openly excited about birthdays, but the truth always slips out. I just can’t contain the joy that overcomes me when birthdays are near! This year, the day before my birthday at our Bible study, I was surprised with the most amazing birthday cake ever. I mean ever. It was a tribute to America and me and I loved every bit of it (including the person who made it!!). Everyone at my work knows how much I love birthdays so they did an amazing job of decorating my desk in the craziest way possible. There were decorations everywhere, cards on my desk, a beautiful bouquet of roses, and a nice big gift! I was ecstatic.
Another reason I love birthdays aside from all the attention you get, is I adore surprises. With that being said, I am a fairly difficult person to surprise because I am always thinking of how people could surprise me! You can imagine my delight when Ben took me out to a nice romantic dinner and all my girlfriends were there to surprise me! Ben kissed my cheek and left us girls to enjoy a nice night out together. We enjoyed tasty Italian food and good conversation.
The last surprise for my birthday came a few days later. Ben had asked all of my Cambridge friends to write limericks (I had to have him clarify exactly what kind of poem this was!) about me and the past year. There were 29 of them and each one was made up (for the most part) of 29 syllables. They were amazing. Some had me crying, others had me smiling, and some had me rolling with laughter (Jackie!!). Ben put them all together in this great book that had photos of my friends and favorite memories from my 28th year. This is a gift I will always treasure. I thought I would share one of my favorite limericks with you since so many of you won’t have the opportunity to see it anytime soon. I hope you enjoy!
The Surprise by Ben Wilson
She flew across the ocean,
holding this crazy notion:
To home she goes,
but no one knows-
this might cause some commotion!