April 16th is nearly over. What's special about it? Nothing, really. It's my birthday. Every day is someone's birthday. I met a friend for lunch, it was miserably cold and grey today, more like January than April but that's life in New England. Andrea and I had a nice lunch then we went our separate ways.
Before I left to meet her I noticed that I had a lot of birthday wishes on Facebook. We all wish each other a happy birthday on facebook. What is unusual about this birthday is that Facebook had to do additional counts of the messages posted to my page. There's about another hour left to my birthday in this part of the U.S. and I have well over 300 birthday wishes from facebook friends (some of whom are "real life" friends as well.) Some posted cards or pictures. One even posted a downloadable song, his rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," in a beautiful a capella version that I did, indeed, download and will put on my iPod. And that's not counting the personal messages that arrived in my message box. Amazing.
If you've ever wondered about the power of Facebook, just think of all the people who took a minute out of their day to wish me a happy birthday. They didn't have to do that. There's no law against ignoring the birthday list that appears daily. But each one of those people took time from their day to let me know they were thinking of me.
Say what you will about social networking but I have a rather warm, fuzzy feeling today. In a world that seems to have spun out of control, for one day I saw people from all over the world reaching out to me.
I'm very grateful.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation