Hi and thanks to all for your thoughts and wishes for me.
I grew up with birthdays being a big deal. No matter the age or whether family was in relatively good spirits or not, birthdays were acknowledged with cake gifts ,etc.
Long story short, with both parents in heaven and now divorced, my birthday was, sadly, bittersweet. My birthday this year is a milestone; I turned 60 and it hit me hard as to how different my life is now than I thought it would be. So I allowed myself to tell a few of my closer female friends at work for which I received hugs, a spontaneous round of the birthday song, and later, a gift of a small bag of whit chocolate truffles. My boss, a nice young man also gave me a little gift. That all helped some yet I still felt very alone.
My therapist call to check on me and I assured her I wasn't planning to do anything stupid because I'm still looking for a permanent place to live and won't be satisfied with how my life is going until I'm living comfortably on my own with no one to compromise with or suggest anything, unless I call and ask for it.
Then, this morning, just as I was about to head out to get some groceries, I remembered my other family, YOU. Between looking for a place live and coming home from work too tired to do anything else but play, play, play, I haven't taken time to stop in here for a while. Glad I remembered!