Today is a great day – it’s a birthday shared by two of my friends: Raquel C and Killian McRae. Both women are smart, funny, and a blast to spend time with. I’m exceptionally privileged to have such intelligent and caring women in my life…and extremely lucky that they allow me to hang around with them, both online and in real life!
Birthdays have traditionally been a mixed blessing – especially for women in the American culture. Age is something to hide…we’re all perpetually 29, right? And I’ll admit that knowing I’m probably closer to the end of my life than the beginning is a sobering thought. But is it really so bad to grow old?
I hope my friends will celebrate this day with happy smiles and lots of laughter.
Today marks a milestone in their lives – another year has passed – but it’s also a milestone for me. In that year, I’ve come to love both these women like sisters. I’ve shared laughs about Raquel’s “pregnancy induced Tourette’s” and marveled at Killian’s historical insights into books like The Hunger Games. Killian’s eclectic playlist (Kanye followed by VeggieTales followed by the soundtrack to Chess), Raquel’s monstrous pink beanbag chairs (that are VISITING my house), walking the mall or campus, Indian food, Mexican food, and many, many wonderful hugs are just a few of the memories that these women have given me in the last year and I’ll always treasure.
If you know either of these ladies, please send them some love today. Raquel is on facebook, and you can find Killian at on her blog or at welovekillian.blogspot.com. If you don’t know them, please give someone you do know and love an extra hug today, and thank them for being part of your life.
Happy Birthday my dear friends!