Last week was my birthday. It started like any other day until I realized this year would be a little different. I really wasn't expecting anything special. In fact, I ordered meal delivery to make sure we had dinner tackled.
This is not a fairytale story from the beginning. You see, last year, my family forgot my birthday. My daughter brought home a loaf cake from Trader Joe's, which was special, however the moment was dampened when my husband came home from work after dinner wondering why we would have cake in the house. No presents, no gifts, no cards.
This year, my birthday became a magnificent redo from last year. My husband had all three kids in the kitchen prepping an amazing dinner. With that, my first magical moment of the day was taking a nap since banished from the kitchen. Yes, a nap. No guilt, just napping.
Dinner itself was amazing. Fresh potato and leek soup complemented some poached salmon. My daughter baked fresh chocolate souffles. It took her 3 batches, but the final batch was perfection melting in my mouth. After dinner, my husband and each kid shared what they appreciate about me. My daughter gave me a hand-drawn and written note sharing everything she appreciates about me.
After dinner presents became my next favorite part of the day. I received fresh flowers (tulips in the middle of December!) and a spa gift certificate. Spa time is a special time that I wish for everyone. It's time just for me. It's time to be pampered without any other demands tugging away. Whether it is a formal spa gift certificate, or just some special bath salts and a candle, spa time is restorative.
During this holiday season, we wish you guilt-free napping, warm appreciation, and some restorative spa time. Please share these gifts with others.
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