Tuesday, January 15, 2008

brief pause in INQUIRY WEEK for this message from your hostess

It's my birthday today. Birthdays, no matter how momentous (or otherwise) always give me a reason for reflection - on my life, my goals, my past, my future, my direction.

Last night Chip asked me to go outside to look at the stars. I said no. I was cold, I was wearing my pajamas, I was watching television, I was knitting, I had a cat sitting if not on then near me, I was under a blanket, I was too comfortable to get up, I needed to brush my teeth and wash my face, I was lazy.

I wrote something like the above in the comments of Meg's post.

And then I wrote this: If I could go back, I'd say yes. A thousand times: yes.

How easy it is to get caught up in the To Do lists, the dailiness, the tiresome need to keep up with life's little necessities. We miss the chances to look at the stars with the person we love the best.

10 comments:

Tessie said...

Great post. Happy Birthday Whimsy!

Magpie said...

Happy Birthday!

Heidi said...

Happy Birthday!

Touching posts from you and Meg. Thanks for sharing.

Artemisia said...

Oh, this is so true and insightful.

Happy Birthday! Here's hoping to many, many more opportunities to look at the stars with Chip - and then Bean!

Whimsy said...

Thank you for all the great birthday wishes! I can't take the tiniest bit of credit for this post - it's all in reaction to Meg's thougtful words. She's a beautiful writer and very insightful person. LOVE HER.

stacie d said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (by the way, YOU were the kitty in that card, i was the big dog!) i figure this is about the 23rd or 24th birthday celebrated in our friendship. WOW that's nuts! XOXO

ailene said...

Happy happy birthday Whimsy dear! Let's hope Chip asks you to look at the stars again, so you have the chance to say "yes" and do it! :)

tearese said...

happy birthday! I make the same mistake (about star watching) all the time.

emily said...

i had no idea! Happy Day!

The Wife said...

Oh dear. Am WORST friend ever! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I'm glad you were born. I'm so so SO glad the star aligned and we get to be best friends because dude, you are the coolest girl I know.

I'm REALLY glad you have The Chip to LOVE you the way you deserve to be LOVED.