Happy Birthday 2020

Happy Birthday 2020

Well, as of Thursday I am officially one year older. I would also like to think wiser but there are days when the jury is still out on that one. This year was a little different and that is what this week’s story is about.

I have been missing playing basketball, so last Saturday morning I decided to go for a short run. I was on my way back when I felt something pop in my right knee. I hobbled the rest of the way back to the house, hoping I just twisted it and didn’t do anything that is going to require surgery. So all this week, I have been putting ice on it to try and get the swelling to go down. “Isn’t this a great birthday present!” I thought.

Now normally for my birthday, we would all go out to dinner to celebrate. We would probably have gone to Stockman’s or Smokin Fins. We would have had a great time talking and spending time together. But due to the Covid-19 Apocalypse (My new name for it) that wasn’t an option. I will admit, going into this year’s birthday with an injured knee, and not being able to celebrate it with my family was kind of depressing.

But as the day moved along, I started getting text messages and emails wishing me a Happy Birthday. I had some wonderful phone calls from some good friends and family. Patty and Kristi each posted some pictures on Facebook with very sincere birthday wishes. I couldn’t believe how many people responded and posted some very heartfelt birthday wishes. Kristi had dinner and some amazing cookies delivered to me. Bob and Lisa Hale brought over a delicious birthday cake. It helped me re-evaluate the situation and my perspective.

I realized I have a lot of really great and true friends out there. I have an amazing and fantastic family that cares about me and loves me. I have a terrific girlfriend that goes out of her way to let me know how much she cares about me and loves me. I am truly blessed to have all of these things in my life.

I also realized the most important lesson. Last year, I lost my good friend Tom Craighill, my Aunt Mary, my Brother Curt, and my Mom. I realized it isn’t about what kind of birthday you have; it’s about being fortunate enough to have another one and be grateful for anytime you have with your family and friends. I truly appreciate everyone for all your birthday wishes and your support. Thanks for reading.

Next week: Toastmasters

P.S. I had a lot of wishes from the guys at basketball. I think they’re just happy I haven’t fouled them for awhile.