Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Birthday Day

Yesterday, as many of you know, was my birthday. As people wished me a happy birthday, they often asked if I was 29 or 35 or even 40, knowing full well that I was more like upper 40's. Our society seems to chuckle at the shared joke that we don't particularly like growing older. I laughed along with everyone else, but let me tell you something.....

From the moment I woke up to the time I went to bed, I was surrounded by people who showed their love for me in ways that made me feel so special. As I walked down the stairs at 5am to get ready for the day, I could already smell the coffee brewing (hubby set the coffee timer so that it would be ready when I woke up.) I had my quiet time with the Lord and He told me to just watch - watch what he was going to show me that day.

Once I arrived at work (after the traditional coffee cake/balloon/card breakfast with the family), I was met with surprise after surprise after surprise. I received notes, cards, flowers, cups of coffee, girl scout cookies - all my favorite lemon ones. I answered phone calls from parents of students who had already graduated from St. Norberts who wanted to wish me a happy birthday. I received more balloons, my favorite salad for lunch, a handmade snowflake. I was sung to by the preschool class as they went outside for their nature walk. I was sung to in Spanish by the fourth grade on their way in from Stations of the Cross. I was sung to by the 7th and 8th graders at their lunch time. My really tall car was painted all over with "Honk for Diane. It's her birthday" by a really short person. (One little girl asked worriedly, "Does she have permission to do that?") I received two chocolate cakes, a handmade felted heart, a beautiful scarf to add to my collection, tulips, daffodils, more cookies, a latte from starbucks and even a pot of beautiful flowers from someone who didn't even know it was my birthday, but just wanted to thank me for thanking her.

It was unbelievable. I was surrounded by a cocoon of birthday love by family, friends, students, co-workers, parents, priests, sisters, brothers, husband, children, oh so many people......and then it hit me. I saw what the Lord told me to watch for that morning....

I saw that each and every one of those 48 years contributed to the reason I was so surrounded by love. For each year I have lived, I have learned better to love. That is why I'll never joke on my birthday saying that I am 29 or 35 or even 40.

Thank you all for making me feel so special and thank you, God for letting me hang around here for so many blessed years.



Cricket said...

I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful birthday Diane! How awesome to have "seen" the blessings!


kelleyj said...

Amen, sister. I feel the same way on 45th birthday. I'm sorry I missed your birthday and feel like a schmuck. It sounds like you had a glorious day. Praise God. Reading about your birthday made me very happy for you!