Happy Birthday Stephanie
So [ :: this was two years ago!! :: ] um... I still have the little head-bobbing Stephi_banana doll on my desk... :D (and please disregard the goofy picture of me there... it's the stephanie moment that counts...
Today is the "unregistered birthday" of miss stephanie... Just imagine being on the other side of a table negotiating with her for the terms of your store's lease... I'd be way too afraid to piss her off... 'cause then she might leave (:D) so I'd just agree to everything... What do ya bet her clients "just agree to everything..."
Dear Stephanie: I wanted to take a moment on your birthday, among the several posts exhibiting your goofy fun loving and off the wall nature (the photographic evidence is voluminous sugar!!), to tell you why I'm wishing you a happy birthday.
I met you three years ago... we had coffee... so I mean "met you" in the "meat space" form of the concept... and from that moment forward I have paid close attention to you... how could I not? You are a beautiful young woman and you possess that very special spark in life that lets you find the fun. Way WAY too many people could not "find the fun" if it came up and bit them on the ass. I know your life has been a roller coaster ride over the last year, but through it all, you have continued to be the Stephanie so deserving of her friends admiration and love.
You have taken the time to be a real person, in the face of so many cyber friends that simple smile and nod when life gets complicated. I will never forget or discount the experience of having my ass kicked back onto the better path when I let myself stray. Love and the way it plays with your heart makes for some of lifes more memorable moments... but the moments when your friends come to call with a healthy dose of reality are the moments that should be treasured above all else.
There is great pleasure in knowing how crazy-in-love you are now... to read and feel the way your heart soars with the turns your life has taken brings a smile to my heart. I know that's very sappy but you know me well 'nuf by now to know that I cannot escape sappy when I'm moved to tell my friends how much I care about them.
I hope you have a wonderful birthday and that this next year paints a picture of your life with brushstrokes that lead from where you are... to where your heart wants to be.
Happy Birthday sweet stephanie.