1972, my sixth birthday. I can taste that cake just by looking at it — it is my standing order year after year.
And those crown-shaped candle holders sat on countless birthday cakes in our house .I think they were finally retired sometime ago.
The dress, too — I remember loving it, althought today I eschew stripes. No glasses yet, but already, I see my hair is short — Mom’s defense against my constant, confounded hair-twirling.
Although not an over-the-hill-milestone, today’s birthday feels like the start of a whole new chapter.
How much has changed in just a year.
Last Feb. 15, I wrote this.
And in a few days, if the darn weather will cooperate, I will meet the woman that letter is addressed to — putting a face to the countless years of wondering, and punctuating several long phone calls these past few weeks.
I’m caught in a vast swirl of conflicting and confusing emotions, many of them as childlike as the Terri depicted above:
Will she like me?
What is she like?
Does she have a sense of humor? What will she think of mine?
Will I like her?
What do I wear?!
I bet your neighbors are thrilled…
And maybe you should wear your BAND uniform to lunch if you have nothing to wear.. But PLEASE leave the clarinet home…
They made me play first chair again on Wednesday! I bought all the music home because if this keeps up, I need to actually know what I’m doing!!!
Happy Birthday Terri. This birthday is very special for you!! I’ll pray that all goes well and that all your questions are answered. A new chapter is about to begin. Can’t wait to hear and read about how it all turns out.
Thanks, Mike; so nice to have so many terrific people behind me.
Have a Happy Birthday and look out for that “kiss of mustard” on your birthday cake. Good luck at lunch on Monday. I bet you won’t eat a bite anyway..
You never fail to make me laugh!
Happy birthday! Wow, did you meet your birth mother last year?
Thank you, Marijane; no, I was still wishing last year. I will meet her in a couple of days.
That’s really amazing. I wish you the very best on your reunion day!
Happy Birthday! But more importantly, congrats on the reunion. It is definitely a whirlwind of emotions. I was reunited almost 20 yrs ago. And there are still many times I feel childlike with my feelings/emotions! Good Luck, hang on cause it’s gonna be a roller coaster ride!
Thanks, Michelle. I expect it will be!
Happy Birthday! There are going to be so many spirits hovering over the table on Monday that you’ll think you need to order for a crowd. But we’ll all behave, and just shower you and Pat with love and good thoughts — and we promise not to drool on your lunch.
I think we still have one of the crown candleholders! I know we have the wooden carousel animals, but think there’s a crown — if you want a memory!
You are too much! I think I’ll keep my candle memories close and personal — I like them better that way!
And we will all be there with you surrounding you both with our love and joy.
(hugs) and thanks!