Happy Birthday to Me

I have to tell you, I've never had a birthday quite like this. For the first time in my life, the day has rolled around, smacked me on the face and left me reflecting about everything I've done with my life this far.

A lot of my friends say I've done a lot and that they respect the hard choices I've had to make in my life. That's awesome, but I don't want to forever be known for something I did when I was twenty years old.

But, for all my reflections and thoughts on who I am/who I want, I couldn't feel too bad with so many people wishing me a wonderful day. I was reminded that, no matter how down I get on myself or how much I feel like I haven't done a lot with my life yet, I have people who love me. People who genuinely love me for who I am right now - even if that person isn't completely figured out yet.

To all of you, thank you.

To my husband who makes my birthdays and many other days absolutely amazing.

To all my friends who have and continue to make my birthday and my life awesome: a poem.

None of that Sissy Crap

Are you getting tired of those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little smiley faces - just the stone cold truth of our friendship.

1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well. Again, I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall ---- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask; "because you are my friend".

Friendship is like peeing your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.

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