Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

Today is my birthday!  My cake arrived yesterday.  I've already had three pieces. I love this  cake.



I've noticed that in blogland that birthdays are often celebrated with posts about things they have learned about life.  Well I've got things.  Things I've learned. Lots of 'em.  Once upon a time I was going to write a book.  A book called 10 Things I Learned Before Oprah Said Them.  I still might.  So I'm going to save most of my insightful life secrets. 

But today, in honor of my birthday, I'm going to tell you one.  Just one.  Life secret.  Here it is.-
People don't love you because you are perfect.  That's it.  If you have spent more than two hours with someone, they don't love you because you are perfect.

I mean, my sister loves me. I'm an Oklahoma Sooner.  She's an Oklahoma State Cowboy.   That's a big deal in her books.  It took her years to reconcile this, but she loves me anyway.  She also gets really on edge when I come to her house and "look around."  You know, that "look around" that creative crazy people do when they sit in a room.  That "look around" that to me means, "wow that's really cool" or "man, I love that color."  To her it feels like "why doesn't she fix that?" or "that would look better if...."  Even though I helped her conceptualize much of the way her house looks, she finds it challenging to see me get that glazed look in my eye.  And I try really hard NOT to get that glazed look in my eye.  Because I love her too.  Even though she isn't perfect.  

And The Reader loves me.  Even though I'm an over-doer.  She wants to make oreo truffles to eat.  I want to make oreo truffles that are perfectly formed and dipped in white chocolate, then decorated with milk chocolate and put carefully into decorative paper cups.  She wants to go for a walk.  I want to go for a six mile walk.   Of course she doesn't mind me being an over-doer when I go to three different stores to find the 6 kinds of apples I want to make her an apple pie.  So she loves me.

And then there's Mr. Quirky.  Just for your information, Mr. Quirky would be more accurately described as Mr. Somewhat.  Because he is somewhat funny - and somewhat patient - and somewhat laid back. and somewhat quiet, and somewhat - well whatever.  But he loves me.   Madly.  Even though I'm not perfect.  Even though I have projects strewn form one side of his precious extra deep, two and a half car garage to the other.   Even though my stashes are stashed all over the basement and sometimes are stashed for two or three years before I use them for anything.  Even though I put my workout clothes on in the morning and wear them all day through exercise, projects, gardening, and wear a pony tail all day.  Even though I only put things away about 50% of the time.  And when I do put things away, I can't remember where I put them.  And he has to find them.  For me.  Even though I have at least 5 pairs of shoes strewn across the office, dining room and living room at all times.  Even though I leave the hose out after I water the back garden and he has to put it away after two days and by that time it's time to water the back garden again. Even though I look at him after a long day of projects and ask him where he is going to fix dinner.....Jimmy John's, Panera, pizza... 

Got it?  So the next time you are on your last nerve or getting all butt hurt over how someone you love is acting.....remember, just remember, that this person loves you.  And that those people who love you are to be treasured.  I am grateful for the people who love me.  Very, very, very grateful.  I will spend my 54th birthday appreciating them.  And finishing my china cabinet. And eating cake.



Make something wonderful today!

Karen

10 comments:

fiona anderson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Karen - I hope you have a great day full of love 'n stuff !
xx

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPY BIRTHDAY!!!! that is an amazing CAKE!!! enjoy enjoy!!!! you are so right -- we are not loved because we are perfect : ) LOL!!!!for God's sake i would never be loved if that were the case : ) LOL!!!! Write that book -- I will be on line for a signed copy!!! hugs...

Eclectically Vintage said...

Here's to a fabulous b-day with friends, family and good cake!!
Kelly

Liz - Imageremix said...

Only three pieces? Are you not feeling well? :) I'd have had more than I would admit to by now. But I'm a huge cake lover. Happy, happy birthday to you. I enjoyed your story. I love stories, and I love insights into other people's lives. I do hope you write that book. Just get going...one page at a time. Sweet looking cake, too. Where did it come from?
Liz

plaits and paisley said...

1958! What a good year!! Enjoy your cake, birthday and the love that surrounds you.
I look forward to the book xx

Art and Sand said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your cake and loved your post. Hope you continue to not be perfect!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Happy Belated birthday! Gorgeous cake and great advice! Thanks for the reminder!

Bliss said...

Loved this post. Full of thinkisims, and ponderits. And friends like The Reader who get us, and husbands like Mr. Somewhat who eat cake with us.

My signature blogland birthday greeting for you..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoSUhbNntQ

~Bliss~

chateau chic said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!! Beautiful cake...which would have been gone by now at my house. :-)
Hope you had a great day celebrating.
Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

Little Miss Maggie said...

Happy belated birthday, Karen. Is there any cake left? It's so pretty! I hope you took lots of photos because by now that thing would have been history around this place. Hope your day was magical.

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