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June 05, 2005

I cried ...

I've always enjoyed other people's birthdays. Mine? Uh...very mixed feelings.

Growing up in So. Cal, inevitably the hot sunny weather of Memorial day makes a sharp u-turn into the marine-layer gloom of the first couple weeks of June. Some of my earliest memories is of having my mom moving the birthday party inside because it would start to rain. I remember when I was about six ... and the black/white picture of it reminds me ... the weather was dark and damp and I'm trying hard to smile amongst my neighborhood friends all laughing over cake and goodies. I'm in my robe because I've been ill...within the next few days I'd be back in the hospital again.

Many of my birthdays have been so colored.

Yesterday was grey, too, but my husband Eric handed me a beautifully wrapped box -- my favorite shade of lavender, the color of sterling silver roses - tied in a white satin ribbon. Under the wrapping, a plain white box, within the box a red satin heart box from my favorite chocolate shop. See's candy on my birthday! Saturday to be spent with a good book and a box of chocolates ... sheer decadence. I opened the box and, yes, chocolates - marzipan and bordeaux - but in the middle of the box was another box.

I lifted it out, opened it, and there on cream colored velvet --


earrings, solitare pendant and a ring, set delicately in white gold with diamond accents.

it was so.... unexpected! It may be gray outside, but it is pure sunshine within.

... sudden, happy tears.

Posted by Darleen at June 5, 2005 05:38 PM


Good man.

Posted by: Mr.Kurtz at June 6, 2005 07:28 AM