8/28/17 11:43 pm
Today is my birthday. The first one I’ve had without my mother. I’ve spent many a birthday apart from my mother. I’m not big on celebrations so we always picked a weekend near the actual day to celebrate. But still. I always at least talked to her on the phone where she’d tell me the story of my birth. It was always the same story every year right down to her voice inflections. I can still hear it.
But not this year.
Dennis and Tony really went out of their way this year to make my birthday a good one. I think they knew it would be a hard one for me. I appreciate that more than they know.
They both got me beautiful cards that made me cry. But cry a good way, for good reasons. I put them both on the bulliten board of my sewing room where I can read them whenever I want throughout the year.
I got really, really cool gifts, too, this year. Tony got me artist markers called Chameleon Pens that lay down gradations of color. Blue goes from pale, barely-there blue to a vibrant royal blue and every color step in between. Seriously awesome pens.
Dennis got me the Beats headphones that I asked for and a “surprise” present. I’m hard to buy for, but he nailed it this year. He bought me a virtual reality system for my computer. Some women like diamonds, I like toys!
Yeah, okay. I like diamonds, too. But not more than I like toys.
Dennis set up the VR system tonight and we played around a bit with it. It’s amazing. I thought the VR systems that are available for cell phones are pretty cool, but this system puts those to shame.
In one of the opening scenes I was on top of a roof with a small pond behind me. There were fish in the pond. It was night and there were a gazillion stars above. The pond gurgled. The crickets chirped. There were fireflies. I was impressed.
Then we downloaded Google Earth. Truly unbelievable. I visited Rio, a place I’ve always wanted to see. I stood face to face with the Christ the Redemeer statue that overlooks the city. I “flew” over the US, and explored Maine a bit. There are lots of trees in Maine. The Maine view was actual photos of Maine. The Rio visit was a computer generated view that looked very close to photographic quality. Then for the finale’ I entered our address and literally saw our house. Our old car was even out front.
I can’t wait to download a beach program so I can hang out by the ocean in my family room.
In addition to the cool gifts, I also had a birthday cake this year. Dennis even bought me candles (not 51 of them, thankfully!) and made me make a wish and blow them out.
I wished that all the same people and animals that are in my life now will be happy and healthy and still in my life next year.
Well, it’s 12:05. I made it through my first birthday without my mom with the help of the two most important people in my life. I hope next year’s birthday will be easier.