I'm am happy to say that what began as a "business" story blog is now a friendship blog. Today, on my fortieth birthday, I am in a much better place than I was ten years ago. In the last decade, I moved from Michigan to North Carolina, was divorced...embraced independence while struggling as a single parent, worked at three different jobs, finished my degree, learned hang gliding, fell in love, had a baby boy, bought a house, was married, stopped smoking, renewed my faith with the Religious Society of Friends, experienced the death of my father, started a business, began homeschooling, became a dog owner, learned to blog, taught myself to sew, wrote a patent application, hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail, and best of all, made new friends.
When I write posts now, it is not to a vague "somewhere out there" audience. I share my thoughts now in the comforting company of people like Michelle, Corinne, Thisisme, Angie, Odie, Lori, and lots of unnamed friends who read without comment. I appreciate you because of your kindness and presence here.
Today I especially want to thank my Mom. For my life. For spectacular childhood birthday celebrations, especially the year when I turned six. My mom is an artist who shares her work with her family. I remember that this pink castle cake took all night to decorate. And although I was more tomboy than princess, I was thrilled with this cake. I felt incredibly loved and special because of this extravagant gift.
That year, I also received a pair of fantastic blue roller skates. I wish I still had those skates and a basement to roll around in. One of my favorite childhood memories involves skating in our basement to my mom's Jan and Dean record "Dead Man's Curve". I took those curves like a race car driver. Without a helmet.
So thank you Mom, for assuring that I had a great childhood, full of love, creativity and play.
And thank you to my Grandma who is not with us now, but who continues to influence my life.