And just a brief follow up here on the now completed birthday festivities of a friend of mine.
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It seemed to go well. I had put a fair amount of thought into some things and she seemed genuinely happy. I like it when she's like that. (Happy, that is. Not getting older. I mean, I don't care that she gets older, but that's not what I meant. You know what I mean!) It's pretty amazing to me sometimes how some people can have just a ton of crap to have to deal with and manage on a seemingly never ending basis, and yet they do it quite well. Some (like the some whose birthday was yesterday) just blow me away with how well-adjusted, good natured and not crazy they are. (Those are probably just a few reasons why she's been pretty good for me. And they're definitely a few reasons why it's been so cool.)
And my goal was twofold. One fold was to just be able to take care of something so that she wouldn't have to and that it would be a fair amount of time before she would have to take care of it again. And the second fold was just to see her so incredibly happy (there was jumping and clapping involved), not to mention extremely surprised. She was SO happy, it was the coolest thing to watch. It was pretty nifty to leave there just knowing that she totally dug it and that, just like I'd said, she had a good birthday. 'Cause that's what mattered most.
Happy birthday. Dude.