My Birthday Present

Today is my birthday.  The picture of the cake with the candles is 32 candles short, that is, if we wanted to be precise about the number of candles I needed to blow out in order to make my birthday wish. I was asked how I would be spending my birthday.  I was also asked what I wanted for the occasion.

"I don't know".  I shrugged in response to both questions.

I thought about it, and I realized that I already have three of the most important birthday presents I could ask for:  

1)  A husband who has been there for me through thick and thin and vice versa.  A rock when I needed one.  And the opportunity to be a rock when he needed one.

2)  Two daughters who are healthy, and live their lives with joy.

3)  The ability and opportunity to play morning co-ed basketball with people, 3 and a half decades younger than me, all the way up to 6 years older than me.

This morning I received a few more presents.  Two beautiful blocked shots (on me) that were so clean that my old body didn't get bumped at all, and a few pump fakes with a few clean drives to the basket for a few points.

I am very lucky.  I don't need a cake, or candles, or wrapped up presents, or a fancy dinner.

I have everything I have always wanted.  I am grateful.

(ETA:  If you see an advertisement for a wrinkle cure below, these are my thoughts on that).