I had to change this post a little because of Michele's post from yesterday. Her life in pictures is a great way to think about the passing of 40 years. (Sorry to keep saying it Michele: 40, 40, 40...welcome to the club! LOL ;) I've seen the screen saver capture of those 40 years and have experienced in person only the last 4. What a life! They say a person can be judged by the company they keep: two fantastic parents, 6 fabulous siblings, 3 wonderful children, a wonderful husband, a loving australian, a host of amazing friends, and a partridge in a pear tree! :) Let's consider these the cast in our story.
What about the plot? We find our heroine, beautiful of course, beset with trials worthy of Odysseus. A joyful life? Definitely! A life full of challenge and adversity? Yes! The past 40 years have been a roller coaster of ups and downs - the highs - so very high, and the lows? No one should have to go that low. But, and this is my point, and the point of our story - it is the trials that show us our strength. It isn't our circumstances that define us, but how we respond to those circumstances.
Life has thrown some intense challenges in your path my friend. You have withstood them, absorbed them, and made them yours. Your bumps and bruises are fading, and what remains? A strong, confident, generous, beautiful, and amazing woman, ready for the next chapter and the next 40 years. I'm looking forward to continuing the story. As cheesy as it is, I love this little saying and it makes me think of you and of us:
Here's to you Michele, Happy Happy Birthday !!!!! Enjoy every moment of your very own day. I love you more than my luggage! ;)