Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Best Birthday Ever

I can honestly say that this was one of the best birthdays I've ever had. The celebrations started early in the month with a wonderful trip to Yoshi's jazz club where we watched the Taj Mahal Trio perform great music. That was great fun especially because it included friends from many different circles of friends whom I never see together. Then my friends from work took me out to one of my favorite restaurants a week later. Last night, just before my real birthday at midnight, I got the much anticipated annual phone call from my long-time friend Amy. This morning, I woke up to find an email filled with birthday wishes and wonderful life updates from my friend, Andrew, in Russia that I met in 10th grade on an exchange program. Throughout today I was peppered with phone calls and emails from more family and friends all wishing me the best. Finally, tonight, I thought I'd have to celebrate by myself and my chicken pot-pie-with-candle-on-top since everyone was out, yet not an hour later, I found myself surrounded by friends I haven't seen in a month. When it came time to blow out the candle on the cake, for the first time ever, I couldn't think of what to wish for because at that very moment, everything was perfect.

I honestly feel like the luckiest person in the world right now to have so many wonderful people I care about dearly; I feel rather unworthy to have this gift. My dearest friends and family, you've filled my entire December with love and joy. In this season when I'm usually wishing for what I don't have and others do, you've made it completely impossible not to be thankful for what I do have -- all of you.