Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's a pity party, and you're all invited!

Ok, it started that way, but ended very nicely.

This Sunday I turned the big 28. I know, wow, 28...so much happens when you turn 28, like nothing.

I haven't been a huge fan of birthdays. This is because throughout my MANY years, so many of my birthdays have been quite disappointing. I've had two surprise parties that were pretty disastrous (one was thrown by some kids that didn't really know me and ignored me, so I walked home, and the other one, I was the first person to arrive). I've also had quite a few recently that included everyone backing out at the last minute, which left me feeling quite depressed.

So, this year I signed up to work on my birthday. I didn't really want to celebrate big because I didn't see a point. I told Eric the cake I wanted from Publix (which was fabulous), and that was it. I also ended up picking up a shift on Saturday so we celebrated Friday night with Eric making me dinner and eating cake. And, I probably got the best birthday present ever!! The entire series of Gilmore Girls on DVD. I LOVE that show!

I woke up at 0400 Sunday morning and called to work to see if I was needed, and they told me I was on call...so I went back to sleep. Then V called and she was moving that morning and I wanted to say goodbye and pick up some extra paint she had. So at about 0615 I started driving to V's, and just as I'm about to pull into her neighborhood work calls and says I have 30 minutes to clock in. I grab the paint from V and cried as I was saying goodbye to someone that has touched my life in such a monumental way that it is impossible to describe (I tear up now thinking about her so many miles away!).

But, I had a great day at work! There is a new graduate orienting to take my old full time position, and I LOVE working with new people! I also had many many emails throughout the day of people sending me birthday wishes on facebook. I was honestly shocked! AND, I got texts & voice mails from family sending (and singing) their birthday wishes. I had received quiet a few cards in the mail the week prior from Eric's family, and I'm really amazed.

But what shocked me the most was a card from a co-worker. She works nights, and gave it to me at shift change (as I was leaving). It was so thoughtful and heartfelt that I truly felt appreciated!

So, even though I was expecting to be disappointed, I was wrong. I just want to say that even though you are just typing two simple words to someone on FB or via text, it really makes a big difference. I really felt loved, THANK YOU!!


blueviolet said...

I'm so glad you received just what you didn't know you needed and that it perked you up!

And happy, happy belated birthday to you!!!

Vic and Al said...

Happy belated birthday!!!!

Mrs. Jacqueline said...

Happy Big Two-Eight!!! I totally understand how you feel, for whatever reason birthdays really bum me out too. And it's just not the getting older part (I'm just grateful I'm not getting younger, you couldn't PAY me to be nineteen again). I just had my Big Two-Five in April, which is a quarter century of old. But what really gets me, (and you'll feel the same way as your boys grow) is that my BABY, my sweet, held-her-as-a-newborn-in-my-arms-just-yesterday baby will be four next month. FOUR. That's what'll make you feel old!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh dammit! I forgot. I totally suck.


Hugs and I'm glad your day was good!

Kristina P. said...

I'm so glad this year was much better. Birthdays can be hard.

Missy said...

Glad the Pity Party didn't last long!
Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

Annette said...

Glad your birthday was a great one! I was hoping it would be, even though I was a day late sending you a text. That's what happens when you're traveling. At least I remembered to send your cards before we left for Utah. Love you lots Mary!!!

Cheeseboy said...

Happy belated birthday! (That is 3 words, but I hope just as meaningful.)

What a kind coworker you have.

Wendyburd1 said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Jessica said...

I'm so glad it was nice! Happy Birthday!