I celebrated a birthday yesterday! When I was growing up it was a disadvantage as far as I was concerned. Christmas presents rolled into birthday presents! It fell during the school holidays so once I was away at boarding school and home only for holidays, there were no parties.
When my husband and I were first married he threw surprise parties for me - a quiet dinner for two at a favourite London restaurant would turn into anything from a party of six to a busload of twenty plus! It was fun at the time and being with friends I loved was most enjoyable. Those times are no more but that's fine with me. They were happy times and we are still in happy times but things change, people change. Fortunately family, even with its ups and downs stays constant and that is what is important to me. That and the fact that I still have good friends - different friends.
Yesterday, apart from my daughter packing madly to leave for New York later in the evening, was relatively quiet. Her boyfriend gave me his very own homemade Red Velvet cake which is to die for! I cut it before they left! I had a ball on Face Book where my cyber party was in full swing.
I don't need parties and diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire jewelry designed by my husband and made by bespoke Jewelers. I need only peace of mind, a happy family, good friends and the ability to thank God for life.
So whilst I fly from my imaginary chandelier, I thank God for all the experiences I (good and bad) that have made me into who I am today. People may not like it at times but what you see is what you get!