For my birthday I bought myself a bouquet of daffodils - fresh like spring - and a book of love poems by Pablo Neruda. I worked a full day at St. Gregory's.
Afterwards I met one of my girlfriends at Anthropologie. We went as volunteers to help craft their store front window. We were scrunching, dipping, gathering, cutting, and taping things like plastic bottles, coffee filters, plastic wrap, pieces of paper, and bubble wrap. Then dipping it all in wax. Eventually all the parts will make a big coral reef of recyclables. It was okay, my heart wasn't into it, but I was happy to make the effort.
At 8PM we joined three other friends for a birthday dinner at Luna Park in the Mission district of San Francisco. This was the cake of the day. Each of these women are amazing in their own unique way - and here they all were, like four living volumes of wisdom - Tamara, Alison, Melinda, Michele - caring for me, feeding me, celebrating me.
I felt a sense of belonging. It ended up being a fabulous birthday after all.
As a footnote I am SO impressed by the quality of comments being posting for the Mend It Better Giveaway on how to mend a broken heart. I'm taking heed of every one of your suggestions. Talk about living books of wisdom! Blogland is such a wonderful thing. Thanks to you all!
ps. the giveaway is still open until the end of the month.