The birthday card from my parents this year blew me away.
If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know that my relationship with my mom can be very tenuous at times. Not exactly warm and nurturing, you know?
So inside my package (which has two hand-embroidered pillowcases), there is a small white envelope. The card has the Shaker Tree of Life on it, and on the inside my mother wrote:
Seeing the Shaker Tree of Life, I was reminded of how delighted we were with the news that we had a girl! It was December 5, 1969. A family inspection revealed that you had black curly hair, piercing eyes, ten fingers and ten toes. Our prayers had been for a healthy, intelligent child. We were blessed.
Mother and Dad
Maybe 39 won't be so bad after all.