March 20, 2013


I turned 40 earlier this month. To celebrate, I spent last weekend in San Francisco with friends. I knew we would have fun. I knew we would eat and drink and relax. But what I didn't know was how overwhelmed I would feel.

I am often overwhelmed--with, with stress, anxiety, with too much to do and too many decisions. But this wasn't like that.

I was overwhelmed with gratitude for a husband who gave me a weekend off, just because he wants me to be happy.

Overwhelmed with love from friends - ten! - who spent all or some of the weekend with me.

Overwhelmed with generosity of friends who not only spent their time and money on a vacation, but on beautiful flowers and gifts.

Overwhelmed with delicious food and beautiful weather.

And then, when the weekend was coming to an end, overwhelmed with bittersweet sadness at saying goodbye to two friends who moved far away. The time with them meant everything and life is such that it is hard to visit. But I will try. New Beth, Beth Classic and Beth 2.0, to Karyn, Cynthia, Lyn, Danielle, Jill, Phoebe and Francesca, thank you. Thank you for the weekend, and for so much more.


  1. What a lovely group of friends and that husband of yours who gave so much for you-that's so cool. Happy Fortieth, many happy returns of the day.

  2. Happy birthday. Sounds like you have some amazing friends. Everyone needs friends like those.


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