Just when you all thought you were done hearing about my birthday, you were wrong. There are just a few acknowledgments I need to make before officially moving on to my 29th year. I want to thank the people who helped me celebrate my birthday last week, but in particular, the people who gave me stuff.
Thank you, Ben, for bringing me that slice of zucchini bread that your wife made. Tell her it was pretty good.
A birthday voicemail
Thank you, Melissa and Jack from 103.7 Play, for calling me while I was at lunch with my mom and wishing me a happy birthday. I have absolutely no idea how you got my phone number or how you knew that it was my birthday, but it was really nice of you to say something. And it made for a great story that all of my friends enjoyed hearing over and over.
A card with a bunch of money in it
Thank you, Dad, for giving up years ago on trying to buy me something I might like, and switching to straight up cash.
A happy birthday email
Thank you, River Lofts, for not only providing me a place to live for the past three years but also sending me an email with a small birthday cake graphic, acknowledging my special day. That was really above and beyond.
The offer of a free croissant
Thank you, Alex and Greta of Lecker Baking Company for offering me a free birthday croissant, that I do one day intend to redeem.
A bike that I bought for myself
Thank you, Rachel, for buying me that bike. I know I’m really going to get a lot of use out of it. That was super thoughtful and literally, exactly what I wanted.
A gift card to Union Market
Thank you, Sarah, for fueling my already excessive habit of frequenting this Church Hill establishment. I’ll use it wisely (on beer).
A book about going to strangers’ houses and documenting their lives
Thank you, Josh, for the book that you wrapped and brought to me at work. So far it has provided me hour of entertainment.
Tickets to the Book of Mormon
Thank you, James, for combining two of my favorite things: theater and organized religion. Oh and for wrapping the tickets in that box of chocolates that you got as a Christmas gift from your company. I know you didn’t actually intend to give that part to me, but you let me take it anyway. That was really nice.
An iced coffee refill
Thank you, Katelyn from Urban Farmhouse, for refilling my iced coffee for free after I told you it was my birthday, even though technically you were supposed to charge me a dollar. Birthdays are important, coffee is important, and now I consider you important.
Thank you, Mom, for those books you gave me. I can’t wait to read them.
Oh, and also thank you for giving me life all those years ago, etc.
A virgin Mary candle with Amy Poehler’s face on it
Thank you, Brittany, for always knowing what I need even before I knew I needed it.
Thank you, everyone who bought me a beer the night of my birthday. I totally forget who the heck did, but gosh I know I appreciated it.