I generally attempt to keep up with thanking each person for their kindness and leave them a message. It can be challenging at certain times of the day, though by the end of the day I was caught up.
The CountDown counter was updated for my next birthday - at a glance it seems so far away. We know in a flash that months will disappear and it will be just around the corner again.
My observations - we all need to slow down just a wee bit. The quicker we can dash off a message - life is truly rushing by. That is why I engage each individual with a thank you for their birthday message to me. I received pictures, songs, a dancing e-card that the senders' faces were imposed over the dancing fools on the card. There were private messages - nice to get one from a school mate that shares the day with me. First time I noticed he was actually the oldest in the class! There was a lovely private FB/IM from a gentleman I met this past summer in the campaign to save our park. It was a gentle message, so kind and ended in in a kick to save our park yet once again!
Several folks hopped over to read my blog post for my birthday. That was a bonus! Extra reads :) Thank you extra for stopping by!
The nieces and nephews in the picture did remember their Aunt Patty. I spoke with two of my nephews - the little guy #3 wants to come up for a visit during his April break. He actually got out the calendar and let me know just when. I need to figure out how I can complete tax season - breathe and have him stay with me for a few days. LOL Aunt Patty can do anything! He was so excited, "Aunt Patty I have to tell you something really important." okay I was all ears. "Aunt Patty - I can get the software I was saving for (has to do with computer gaming) with the $25 you gave for Christmas!"
It was tooo funny! He was so excited and it was great he wanted to share it with me. Nephew #2 was telling me about how his shoulder was healing and getting ready for his midterm tests. Niece #5 called - though when I returned her call I missed her and hopefully we can chat later. Then niece #1 and #3 called and left message that I haven't been able to retrieve. I called them both back and left messages - I'm sure they were out celebrating my birthday! And rounding out - nephew #1 texted me from school this morning (ahem??) and niece #2 texted me very very late at night.
All in All - a day I was thankful for. I'll leave you with the sentiment written on a card that was sent the old fashion way......
Here's to a year of cathching the dreams you chase,
doing what makes you smile,
and loving the life you live.