Yesterday was my 33rd birthday, and it was fabulous. I took the day off from taking action and indulged in whatever the heck I felt like doing in the moment. I was also treated to some really amazing presents from people who love me.
Jared bought me an iPad. That in itself is pretty incredible, but the real gift is how he was able to buy it for me. You see, we live on a pretty strict budget, and that budget provides each of us with a monthly allowance. We can spend that money however we want. That budget does not cover the cost of an iPad. But, Jared has been saving a portion of his allowance for a few months now so that he could get me this fancy gadget.
The real gift isn’t just a tablet, something I have been happily living without forever and would probably never buy for myself. The real gift was the fact that he planned and sacrificed in order to give me this thing that he thought I would like (and I do!)
Becky made me soup. Specifically, she made me split pea soup with ham and carrots, which is my very favorite comfort food and one of the only things that Jared doesn’t cook. The fact that she knew me well enough to get that is amazing. The fact that she cooked – because Becky doesn’t cook – is even more touching. Becky also gave me a card and gift certificate to a local salon, but I was already completely won over by the soup.
Lisa called and sang to me. I got text messages and emails all day, and each one of them made me smile. But I was extra surprised and happy when Lisa picked up the phone and called me. She took time out of her day to sing to me, and in doing so she made me feel extremely loved and happy.
These are just a few of the thoughtful gestures shared with me yesterday. I got cards and more gifts. Friends said the nicest things to and about me, things that let me see myself through very flattering lenses. And at the end of the day, I went to bed feeling loved and celebrated.
But these three gifts especially made an impact on me. The price tags varied from free to extravagant, but the intent behind each was perfectly clear. The message they carried was “Happy Birthday,” as well as “You are loved” and “You are seen.”
And there is nothing more perfect than that.