Here it is December 1st. The beginning of a new month. The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day.
It's a beautiful day to celebrate a birthday, don't ya think?
This past May I was very lucky to have the trip of a lifetime. I had been dreaming of my trip to the UK, since I was little. So, with airmiles, and some generous friends, I embarked on a journey that was so much more than visiting the UK.
I finally got to meet someone who I had connected through FACEBOOK. I know I know...it's become a somewhat nasty word....the other F word!
Joelle and I met on Facebook through our mutual friend Dana Pugh whom I met in SanFrancisco. It truly is a small world. Joelle and I connected immediately online.
So when I debated a trip to England, she invited me to stay with her family. For real. Without ever meeting me in real life.
I have to admit, I was a wee bit nervous. What if she didn't like me? What would her family think of me?
A warm hug and a cup of tea soon calmed any apprehensions I had. We hit it off immediately.
And then, and then her son came home from school....
Anyone who knows me, knows I would immediately fall in love with this kid. Six years old. Full of life, of humor, of sweetness...plus he has a British accent:) Hello???????? I wanted to move in and stay forever!
And then I gave him a checkboard I had made....
He loved it to say the least. And unfortunately for me, became very good at it, very quickly.
This past week he celebrated his 7th birthday. Sweet. Wish I was there to make him a lemon cupcake. But honestly, I could make him anything and he would love it. He's that kind of kid.
And today, today is his mum's birthday.
I would love to me there to walk to the village and indulge in a sweet treat, and a cuppa....or maybe to the pub and have a pint.
But I am with you in spirit Joelle. Today I celebrate Joelle's birthday, and I celebrate friendship.
Happy Happy Birthday my friend.