my very good friend, julie sends me a birthday card, absolutely, without fail, every single year. she has known me since birth. so, i have gotten exactly 38 birthday cards from her as of today. it is the one piece of correspondence that keeps us in touch. it makes me smile each year. i love her so much for many reasons… but this one simple annual act of kindness is remarkable to me and speaks volumes about the kind of woman and friend she is.
so, this year (today) i open the mailbox excited to see a little corner of red hallmark paper, adorned with the telltale flowered return address label poking out from underneath all of the bills and circulars. my heart was suddenly happy. pushing all the other superfluous stuff to the back of the box i reach for the only piece of mail i look forward to all year. i quickly flipped it over to tear open my birthday surprise when suddenly – - i was forced to STOP….
“DO NOT OPEN UNTIL AUG. 19!!
are you serious?!?!?!
how old am i now?!?!?! i still have to wait?!?!?
evidently it’s true. you are really, truly only as old as you feel.
so, i’d like to announce that tomorrow… i turn 6 years old.
so, she’s in raleigh… i’m in wilmington…
what would you do?