Girlfriend birthday with jill and beckyTo be honest, I never really look forward to my birthday.

I enjoy the cards and calls, but would rather skip the addition to my age. And, to continue being honest, I know this is silly (kinda!). I know the numeric value of decades and years isn’t important to the people who are important to me – my friends who love me. I don’t love a friend any less or more because she fits into a higher or lower ‘age category’ than myself

The one really good thing that a birthday does is focus attention, for a day, on a friend and what she means to you. It’s an easy way to celebrate a friendship and a birthday. And, that seems to create quite a stir especially in the world of social media where you can wish someone a ‘Happy Birthday!’ with a quickie Twitter or Facebook message.

I’m all about any opportunity to connect and appreciate girlfriends so I had to accept being on the receiving end of that last week for my birthday. Notes from Twitter friends, Facebook happy messages, cards, calls and emails filled so much of my day that I couldn’t respond to them all (and keep up with Girlfriendology newsletters  – sorry!). So, I’d like to express my appreciation for the wonderful women who celebrated me and our friendship:

  • Thanks to my girlfriends for their sweet calls and cards – like Tina, Cath, Terri, Cyndee and Carol (my sisters), Patty, Anne, Allison, Colleen, Amy, Tammy, Mary, Lydia, Ellen, Thea, Karen, Barb, Elizabeth, Jody and more (I know I forgot a bunch but it’s early when I’m writing this!). Thanks Becky and Jill for meeting me for lunch and it was fun to run into Michelle who took our photo above. Thanks Jill and Lynn for making yummy birthday treats.
  • I love to write about girlfriend gifts because they’re something that show how well you know someone by giving them something really special. I got some great ideas on girlfriend gifts from my inspiring girlfriends like Deana (love my ‘money tree’!), Rhonda (you know I love Sting!), Terri (I always love your gifts!) and Patty (LOVE my $5 bill and instructions to go have a drink on you!).
  • I even had the opportunity to talk with a group of women leaders (on my birthday). I kinda dreaded that I had accepted that invitation to speak but respect this group (WE Lead, women’s leadership program) and, of course, want to spread the girlfriend message wherever I can. It turns out that this group and our wonderful discussion on how friendship can make our community and city better was one of the high points of my birthday. It was energizing being in the company of these fabulous females. Thanks Diana and Christine for inviting me!

How could I not enjoy a day filled with girlfriends?!

I do know that the best presents aren’t ‘things.’ They don’t come wrapped or delivered, and you couldn’t ever return or re-gift them. The very best girlfriend gift is the gift of friendship. So, thanks to all the wonderful women who bless my life and who teach me every day how important it is to have girlfriends. That makes me happy, on my birthday and every single day. THANKS GIRLFRIENDS!

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