Friday, February 7, 2014

Whatever's meant to be will work out perfectly...


So I went to Google looking for the Olympic thing:


But instead, I found this:


Google said Happy Birthday to me!

I know that Google is telling me Happy Birthday because I'm logged in somewhere or other...but it's a little, um, freaky... The machines are poised to take over. We are almost in the land of Terminator and The Matrix, I know it. The other day, I went to send an email at work, and my computer very helpfully told me I forgot to attach my spreadsheet.

They are alive.

So, for my birthday tonight we went out to eat, and my birthday party is on Sunday; tomorrow night Dwayne is making me dinner, because he's perfect and wonderful. He is in pretty bad shape now, and pretty confined to the wheelchair and in very low spirits. He is in constant pain, yet apologizing to me because he can't help. 

Doesn't he know he's my hero?

I have much to say, but not the will...my headache has been hanging on for a good long while this time around. At this point, who cares? Migraines are just a given...like the SNOW, and the COLD; and never going away!

Ahem.

Still celebrating my tenth anniversary of blogging, here's a birthday throwback...


Before I left for Germany, when I was ten years old, my family had an early birthday party for my brother and me…who knew when we would be home again? My grandmother decorated a huge cake, with one side of it with Smurfs (for me J ), and the other side of it with a UK wildcat (for my brother)…

We got lots and lots of presents that day. One of my presents was a tape recorder…one of those huge black and silver things… On that day, with my family all together for the last time in what would be years, I made all of them speak into the recorder and record a special message for me.


I took that tape with their special message with me to Germany, where I kept it for all three years I was there, and whenever I was desperately homesick for my family I would play it…


The message was simple: It was my mom, my brother, my grandma, my grandpa, my aunt, my great-aunt…everybody recorded the same thing… 


"I love you, Michelle…"

"I love you, Michelle…"
"I love you, Michelle…"

I no longer have the tape, but I can still hear it, in my head…


Today, my family had an early birthday party for me (my birthday is actually Monday)…They called me into the kitchen, and I walked in to the crowd of people, my mom, my grandparents, my brother and sister-in-law and nephew, my daughter, my aunts, my boyfriend…


I knelt down to blow out the candles on my cake…


And I realized that all the people that had left me the messages on my tape so long ago were still right here…


I nearly cried as I realized how blessed I was, that over twenty years later, I’m still a member of this wonderful, sometimes maddening, always loving family,


And they were able to tell me again, today, that they loved me…


Instead of a wish for something I didn’t have, this year, before blowing out the candles, I just thanked God…for everything.

28 comments:

  1. I was alerted to the google birthday thing on my son's birthday. Freaked us all out.
    I'm still freaked out.

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    1. Glad it's not just me!!! Rise of the machines, I'm telling you...

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  2. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Michelle:)
    Will send asap a birthday ecard too by
    email to tou :)

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  3. The other day I was yearning for pre-Atari days. But then we wouldn't know each other!

    I told Google an incorrect birthdate. I wonder if they are on to me.

    Happy Birthday, Michelle.

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    1. Thank you, Susie!
      Since the machines are alive, I bet Google has figured out your real birthday, LOL!

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  4. Happy Happy birthday!!! I hope you had lots of cake and I hope UK wins today for you :)

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    1. Thanks Keith! That would be the awesomest birthday present! :)

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  5. Happy Birthday! geez, google never notified me yet, that is kinda freaky. Skynet is coming

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    1. I fully expect Skynet to be running thing ten years from now. Powered by humans.

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  6. The machines won't truly be our overlords until they master the art of baking cakes. Because even they will conclude, "Let them (us) eat cake." Because cake is good.

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    1. I'm sure they'll find a way. They need to feed us to keep us healthy so that we can power the machines. Cake is the perfect food.

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  7. awwwwwwwwwww Michelle. Happy Birthday to you. I find it sweet that google wished you the same. My computer did not do that. Me and google, we both wish you the same. What kind of cake did you have?

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    1. Awww, thank you! I haven't had my cake yet! I get it tomorrow, at my party. What it WON'T be is awesome chocolate with peanut butter icing - that was last year's cake, which my daughter made for me. YUM! But I'm not allowed to eat that anymore, so... :( I'll have to remember to take a picture! :)

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  8. Happy belated!

    I love the tape recorder story - very sweet.

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    1. Thank you!
      I know...it was the sweetest thing they could do for me. :)

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  9. Michelle, Sunday night is coming to a close here and I thought I should rouse myself from flu-prostration to wish you a happy birthday. I hope this evening's party was a joyous one!

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    1. Oh it was, thanks so much! Feel better soon!

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  10. Happy belated birthday, Michelle. Your man is totally awesome. It shows what a kind and sweet person he is. I hear you on the migraine. Mine just keep coming back, it's just part of life. Feel better!

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    1. Thank you so much! Dwayne really is, he's so much nicer than me, and so thoughtful. :)

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  11. Happy birthday! Late! You know, I'm reading an ARC right now about computers that mutiny and start taking out humans--but not in a Terminator kind of way. I'm eating a slice of cheese to celebrate with you...late, again, but hey, better late than not at all, right?

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  12. Happy belated birthday! My computer kicked me in the shins and told me I had forgotten a very important date!

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    1. Awww, thank you! Wow, computers have come further that I thought! LOL

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  13. Lol. At least you know google remembered you on your birthday.

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  14. 'I no longer have the tape, but I can still hear it, in my head…'

    And that's what Schmoogle will never be able to access.

    Happy birthday, dear girl, if a little belated.

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