Thank you for the birthday card and your kind messages!
I confess to a moment of shock when I first received it.
“What?!” I thought, “Is it my birthday?”
I had to check my driver’s licence and the calendar on my phone. The first confirmed that my birthday is actually in June, and the second confirmed that we are still in the month of May.
Then I saw Michael’s message: “All the best on your 80th!”
That sent me back to my driver’s licence.
There seem to be three possible explanations.
One, Michael is ten years ahead of us. Two, I am ten years behind. Or three, Michael wisely decided to wish me a happy 80th on the odd chance that he might forget to wish me a happy 80th in ten years.
And then I realized the truth: this is all Dakota’s little joke, just because I’m always saying “Happy Thanksgiving!” and “Happy Birthday!” to her. Today is somebody’s birthday, isn’t it? So, Happy Birthday!
But now she has taken it another step: actually handing out birthday cards to people, randomly. And I was the obvious first choice.
Good one, Dakota!
And . . . Happy Birthday to you all!
(Including Queen Victoria!)