"I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam,
a promotion, or a victory. Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to
someone; Thank you for being you. Celebrating a birthday is exalting life
and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say; Thanks for what you
did or said, or accomplished. No, we say; "Thank you for being born and
being among us."
~Henri Nouwen "Here and Now"
Last evening we hosted a tiny celebration for a dear cousin and friend. A few of us gathered around the table at our local Panera, and for two hours we talked, laughed, and caught up with each other's lives, in an informal get together.
Homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip muffins filled each beautifully decorated, and recycled tin. The favors were provided, thanks to the creativity and generosity of the evening's hostess.
The birthday girl and me. She is so much fun to be with!
Laughter was the predominate feature of the evening, thanks to the comedians in our midst. My oldest daughter being one of them.
I grew up in a home where birthdays were always made special occasions. Where one was made to feel important just for being who they were.
If you know someone who is having a birthday today, let them know how much you appreciate them and their role in your life.
Speaking of birthdays...today is my youngest brother's birthday.
He is an important part of our lives, and today we celebrate him.
"Happy Birthday" dear brother! Oh, and lest you think this is his 50th, the picture was taken a few years ago:)
To each of you...you have an important role to play in this life we live. I appreciate each one of you who visit me here, and if you happen to be having a birthday today..."Happy Birthday"!
I read a well written post on "Finding Happy" recently, and I know you would appreciate it too. If you are interested in reading this inspiring piece written by Suzanne, you can find it at ... http://www.privetandholly.com/
Thanks for stopping by today.