My first birthday present came in the mail a few days early and immediately I knew it was from you. You’re the best. I’ve already worn it twice.
You reminded me that I needed to call my dad. And in that moment I knew you were looking out for me. I hadn’t felt that feeling in a long time. It gave me hope.
You took me to dinner at Tar & Roses and I’m glad they sat us at the counter because then we could hold hands. We had such a good conversation the day before that I was afraid that might not happen again, but I was wrong. Somehow it keeps getting better.
I don’t tell people it’s my birthday but they always seem to remember and I am touched. You were first to post on my wall and then it cascaded. Thanks for remembering and starting the cascade.
You found out it was my birthday and brought me strawberries. I love strawberries. We went to yoga (like always) and then dinner. We realized that we had only known each other for a year, but it has felt like way longer. I don’t think I could’ve planned a better birthday.
At dinner we helped you with your Japanese and you told us about changing your outlook on life. Happiness was your choice and it was enlightening to know you didn’t have it all your life. But now your happiness is contagious. I am always happy around you. Always.
Lunch was ramen and rare bonding time. I was honored you picked my birthday to have everyone together to just talk about anything for once.
I got your present from the closet and it was exactly what I wanted. Thanks for listening to me and for making the effort. It means more than you both know.
I walked into the dining room to find orange tulips and these words:
“may the sun bring you new energy by day,
may the moon softly restore you by night,
may the rain wash away your worries,
may the breeze blow new strength into your being,
may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”
It made me want to go outside. You said it reminded you of me and I felt touched. I put them on my nightstand. I hope you are always in my life.
I talked to you on the phone. You made me laugh and taught me some Chinese. It made me want to call you more.
You wished me a “Happy Birthday!” and it made me smile. I am happy.
There were so many happy moments to start my year at 29 that I could not list them all. Thank you for being a part of my life.
You know who you are.