There are certain moments in life that stand out with crystal clear recollection. Today, I celebrated (in my own way) my 44th birthday and as I lay in bed trying to sleep I am haunted by the memories that are vivid and as clear as day from my 4th or 5th birthday.
I recall there being a large box… a swing set, something every kid in their right mind should be excited about- and I was! However, I recall all four of my grandparents being there for dinner and cake along with several Aunts, uncles and other relative. The crystal clear memory isn’t really of the swing set or most gifts though. The memory that rings true and brings tears flowing is of Granddaddy. He handed me a simple brown paper bag filled with cucumbers he had picked, because he knew I loved them. My next memory of him was his death the following year.
Today was strange for me. I’ve never made a big deal of my birthday, its always been just another day and milestone for myself. Yet, I had customers bring me bottles of wines they wanted me to experience, and friends bring me smiles and well wishes. Cathy shared with me a caramel apple drizzled with chocolate…. and other friends, new and old alike came to share my favorite ports this evening. Personal experiences from the heart forming lifelong memories that bring tears to my eyes for the joy of love I have the greatest honor to have experienced.
I am truly blessed to know the levels of love from the most wonderful people on the face of the earth. Now I lay me down to sleep and wrap my arms around the one person who has been by my side when I’ve had my lowest moments and my highest moments…the one who has made me the most angry and the most happy. I lay down to the end of one of the most happy birthdays anyone could ever dream of… and it is because of each and every person who has touched my life and made me the person I have evolved into. Thank you.