Remember a few posts ago when I said I wanted an honest-to-God surprise for my birthday? Well, I got a few of them. Technically, some of them weren’t necessarily for my birthday but they were definitely in the vicinity. On the eve of my birthday, I saw a shooting star. Well, I think it was actually a meteor as apparently showers are really common in the beginning of December. Thank you, Google. I was out walking Oliver on his last quest of the night and I glanced over my shoulder and saw this bright light shooting across the sky. It took me a second or two to register but I closed my eyes and made a wish because you just never know. The second thing that surprised me was the generosity of my friends. I know I said I didn’t want my surprise to be a gift and I’m holding true to that. I’m not surprised by the gifts but rather about the thoughtfulness and meaning behind them. I believe I threatened to punch a few people over the enormity of their thoughtfulness. The biggest surprise of all was finding that the truest of friendships will always shine through. This year has been rough and I have definitely had a tribe of people behind me showing support. Those same people are the ones that were there to celebrate my day. Many helped me celebrate from afar but they were phone calls, text messages and cards filled with wishes. As I get older, I realize that the quality over quantity mantra is so true. I would much rather have 10 dimes than 100 pennies. I want to thank all the dimes in my life for making my birthday so incredibly special. Hugs!