Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Big Birthday

About a week ago, I saw a commercial from the American Cancer Society. It's simple message, paraphrased: if you have cancer, every birthday is big. And nothing could be more true. Despite your diagnosis, cancer is the variable in your life. You never know what the next day, week, month will bring. You live with unpredictability inside a predictable prognosis. Cancer causes me to live differently, with more intensity that I have known in the past, and I can be pretty intense. Still, just in case my clock is ticking, I bought 2 new llamas and they arrive on June 28. Nothing wrong with growing my herd more quickly and living inside these wonderful moments.

Wonderful moments begin with friends. What's life without sharing it. My friend, colleague, and almost a daughter, Jennifer Brinson, created my first ever birthday party at school with my friends. It was a total surprise, and I loved every minute of it. Growing up with a summer birthday, I never had an in-school party. Once in grade school, my parents wanted to have one before school ended, but they were not allowed. Do we not always want what we cannot have. At last, I had my first school birthday party, one day early on the last day of school because my "daughter" arranged it. It was a perfect birthday, a big birthday, I want to thank the behind-the-scenes people who also made it special but wish to remain unnamed. If you are reading this, you know who you are and how much I appreciate you. Many thanks and happy returns of the day.

If you had told me I would spend the day at CLIU at their Teaching and Learning in Today's World: Lessons from the Field workshops--and I would love the day--well, I would not have thought so. Yet again, Jen made this birthday celebration perfect with her special signature of total thoughtfulness. I am really blessed with my friends, and if any of my Facebook friends who have sent me oodles of messages read this post, thank you so much for your thoughts and well wishes. You mean so much to me.

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