I have to admit I would have never dreamed about 2 or 3 years ago that a few hours at a restaurant, surrounded by friends, would satisfy my birthday celebration craving. However, this year has proven a turning point. Funny how those around you can make virtually any setting a perfect place for maximum fun. While the night was rather short, I feel so satisfied with my birthday festivities. There was a close call because they revealed to the waiter that it was my birthday, and I thought for sure I'd have to suffer through a loud round of singing and clapping, but the gods were on my side and I didn't have to do so. This moment did remind me of the time years and years ago when my sister told a waitress about my birthday, and when the staff came out to sing to me, I quickly excused myself and hung out outside until it was clear to return to the table. Easily embarrassed as a child? For sure.
In any case, thank you to all of those who made this birthday a good one (including Peg from back home who pulled off a spectacular and priceless surprise that I stumbled upon as I left the house tonight). I hope you know how much I appreciate it. 23 wasn't bad, and 24 is sure to be even better.