I had, what has to be, the best birthday ever (so far).
Miss M came into my bedroom at 6 in the morning to wake my ass up by squealing and spraying silly string in my face. At that point in the morning, i believe my only response was..
“I think you got it all in my mouth”
Then there was lots of laughter and more silliness as we opened pressies from the parents and my Aunt Cee. So much love I felt mostly overwhelmed all day long due to the touching things people said, the surprise lunch my boss held for me and of course dinner with Miss M, The Grill MasterTM and Wee-b. I think i spent most of the afternoon crying…
I tried to explain it to my roommate…I guess when i left my ex-husband i never knew how long i would be able to stay here without having my people. Almost everyone i knew, i knew because of him. They were all friends of his from highschool/college/Nation/etc. and i felt like when i made my decision to leave, that i would honestly be walking away with nothing. Materially wise, that was definitely true. He kept almost everything and i left with what i came to this country with. But i still feel like i walked away with everything.
My friendships and ties to this place only became stronger after i left. To this day i still don’t understand how i became so fucking lucky (excuse the saltiness)…it’s truly beyond me. I am surrounded by all these amazing people and every day (especially on my birthday) i realize how lucky and blessed I am to have you all in my life. Even just in the past month (and week!) i have had more amazing people come into my life (Wee-b, Hal, John…i’m looking in your direction you sassy fanny pack wearers) and the only reasoning i can come up with is that i am doing something right. I am on the right path, i am in the right place…i’m not sure. I guess i’m just going to keep doing whatever it is that i have been doing and keep my toes crossed that no-one will figure out that i truly am just a silly foreigner with a penchant for fart humour
So happy birthday to me. 31. Ha! And to think my dad never thought i would make it past 16 (12?). My birthday week has been absolutely amazing so far and today signals the end. We (I say we, but Miss M is the mastermind and the love of my life on this one!) are having a birthday celebration at the Aspen today….we are going to party like it’s 1999 and I will once again tun 21. Photos will be forthcoming…