Walking into the bathroom first thing in the morning, and finding a sign on the toilet seat lid that said “Happy Birthday”. So much better than notes stuck to the mirror.
MOST UNORTHODOX BUT ENJOYABLE BIRTHDAY SENTIMENTS LEFT ON VOICEMAIL:
“And don’t forget: your face is a stupid place!”
“Hello, my little husband”
FAVORITE BIRTHDAY FOODS PROVIDED BY FRIENDS:
Macaroni and cheese,
French onion dip,
Giant generic grocery store birthday cake
FAVORITE BIRTHDAY ACTIVITIES:
Toasting beloved friends
Playing celebrity password
NEWEST BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE:
Birthday time on Facebook- virtual plants, birthday cakes and greetings from an assortment of unexpected folks.
MOST PERFECTLY TIMED BIRTHDAY PRESENT:
Pevear & Volokhonsky’s translation of Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” at the exact day and time I was about to purchase it for myself.
BEST BIRTHDAY MEMORY:
All of it.
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