Can someone haveÂ his best birthday ever — four days before his actual birthday?Â
Knowing that Sophia and I we were heading off on our road trip to Portland, Danny invited us over for some pre-birthday birthday cake (which he baked himself!Â Coconut!)Â
First surprise:Â Communicatrix and her boyfriend, Brenton, showed up to wish me an early happy birthday.Â Â
Second surprise:Â Sophia revealed that she has been secretly working behind the scenes to make my birthday extra special.Â Â She has been emailing YOU for several weeks, telling you of my upcoming birthday, and asking you to mail me a card or a gift to Danny’s address.Â
Third surprise:Â A whole bunch of gifts and cards were piled high in Danny’s living room, the gifts and cards as varied as there are bloggers:
Chocolates from Belgium.Â Â Art work.Â Photographs.Â T-shirts from various cities across the country.Â Baseball caps.Â Soap shaped like a woman’s breast.Â A tool kit.Â Books.Â Movies.Â CDs.Â Fancy notebooks.Â Buttons.Â Chewing gum.Â Handmade candy.Â A beautiful purple bathrobe!Â Â A hand-knitted scarf.Â Magazine subscriptions.Â Special beer from Chicago.Â An emergency phone charger.Â Poems.Â Â Â And tons of birthday cards.Â Â
And more is coming.
I was in shock for the rest of the night.Â I had no idea of any of this.Â I feel like George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”Â
I am still speechless.Â I can’t think of anything clever to say, other than, “Wow, I’m truly touched.”Â Â
I’m also drunk, so I’ll need to write more about this tomorrow.
Thanks, everyone.Â Thanks, Danny.Â Â Â
And Sophia, you really ARE the best!
P.S. — Does this mean I have to start reading your blogs again?