I had a pretty big celebration for my 30th last year where my amazing friends threw me a wonderful little pub crawl in downtown Boston so this year I’d figure I’d do something a bit more casual. I get that birthdays can be exciting things but I think as you get older they can take a bit of a new meaning. They can be a time of reflection, a time of questioning whether this is where you thought you’d be at this age, a time for looking back and seeing what accomplishments you’ve done, and for looking to see what you want to do in the future. I think it can also be a time of reflecting on the people in your life and the strength of friendships. Or maybe it’s just a time to indulge in good food and champagne.
So that’s why this past weekend, I was so happy with my early little birthday celebration. My family came in for a fantastic brunch at The Fireplace and then later that night I went with some friends to my favorite neighborhood spot, American Craft. It was a lovely way to spend a weekend.
That is why I never expected what happened on my actual birthday. My friend J had made plans with me about a month ago to take me out for sushi at Fugakyu. I was excited but I have to say a little confused as to why she was so insistent that we go out for a later dinner. I mean, I am now 31 and it was a Tuesday night. 🙂 But I went ahead with her plans and was just touched that she was taking me out. So you can imagine my shock when I get to the restaurant and I see, not J, but my best friend of almost 13 years, Tim, at the bar. Now T lives in NYC. Not in Brookline. And he has a job. So this meant he had FLOWN IN FOR THE NIGHT to surprise me on my birthday! It was crazy. And more than I could have ever imagined. Turned out that J had been on the whole thing along with my sister. Amazing. It was just incredible.
So beyond the amazing celebration, food, and champagne this birthday – I was also reminded of how amazingly blessed I am for the people in my life. I have the most wonderful friends and family and they continue to show me support and love in ways that I am constantly awed by.
Thank you to everyone who made this truly a birthday to remember.