Birthday thoughts…

I don’t usually cry when I receive a birthday present, but this year was different. For most folks, birthdays aren’t that big of a deal. And they probably wouldn’t be in my family either except that my mom always made them so. Her love-language was gift-giving, so birthdays and other holidays were her time to shine. And when she gave, she never did it half-way. Past birthday presents have included such things as a lawn mower, a kitchen table and chairs and a surround sound system. Mom was always a picture to me of how generous God is to us.

So you can imagine how different things felt on my first birthday without her. No card in the mail, no package on my doorstep when I got home from campus, no outrageous check with a picture printed off of the internet showing what I was supposed to purchase with it in my mail box. Nothing. Until…

My wonderful girlfriend shows up at my house Wednesday evening a few minutes before we are to go eat steak with some of my friends (can you get a better birthday? I think not.). In addition to the hand-made card filled with things she appreciates about me, she is carrying a wrapped box. Upon opening it, I discover a brand new pair of Keens (see picture). And I cried. And then I cried some more.

On the surface, it was just a pair of really cool hiking/rafting sandals. But underneath it was so much more. Some one had seen me. They knew me well enough to know what I liked. And they were extravagant in their giving (they aren’t cheap sandals). And all of a sudden it felt like mom was there. And God was good. I know my sweetie wasn’t trying to live up to the memory of my mother. She was just being herself. But mom would have been proud. It is one of the many reasons why I love her.

So, not a bad birthday after all. And the steak and friends at dinner were good too. Thanks to my friends for sharing the day with me. And the crazy part is that the birthday didn’t end there. But that is fodder for another post.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chris on August 27, 2006 at 3:19 am

    Happy birthday, bro. I miss you A LOT. Enjoy the Keens and the love that came with them.


  2. Posted by Ann on October 5, 2006 at 4:01 am

    Belated Happy Birthday from another whose love language is gift-giving…I so appreciate your post in so many ways.
    Ann Berg


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