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).