“is this a significant birthday?” friends ask.
Not in a number sense. But it was important to make it more joyful than last year when some bad business news arrived on my birthday 2012. A dark cloud hung over it and stayed, and stayed. I can’t say it better than Eddie Murphy did in this old sketch. That about sums up my feeling
The clouds have not entirely parted, but as Mark and I have now learned what to do. Live with the clouds, don’t let them cover you. When the going gets tough, the tough throw a party. So, Mark threw together a lovely cocktail party at our home. He made the food. He told me proudly he had used my meatball and savory tart recipe. I’m flattered.
We had a bartender.
I drank a couple of Manhattan’s. My favorite drink.
I’m very lucky to have friends and family show up for me. Their presence was the present for sure.