It's a "blog friend's" birthday tomorrow. I was going to send a card, but I am sure this post will "get there" in time. We met through our blogs. She sent me a vintage blue silk layette when I was expecting the twins. When the package arrived, I noticed that she only lived a couple of miles away. When my husband did a feature on bloggers on his news show, I looked her up and called to see if she would be interested.
She was- so she appeared on TV. Then, one day, when I was on bedrest, the phone rang and it was Josie, wondering if I would like some company. We had never met in person, so we had a visit. She brought handmade gifts for the twins and Orange-Vanilla cake. I reclined on the sofa. We talked a mile a minute and have been friends ever since.
Her children are a bit older than mine, so I always ask her for input on issues as they arise. Most notably, I called her last summer when the DH was out of town and the twins were at a one-week summer camp. One of them (who shall remain nameless but has 2 X chromosomes), reportedly pushed a friend down. The camp was at a place we hadn't been before, where I didn't know the teachers or parents...so I was mortified. The school made a big deal about it and I felt awful...and judged...for days. I called Josie and she made me laugh. She said something to the effect of "the other child is probably not completely blameless" and told me a story about her own angelic offspring biting her older brother hard enough to leave a mark.
So today I just want to say- thanks for being such a good friend. I am influenced all of the time by your ability to make a house a beautiful home. Happy 35th birthday! I can't wait until I reach that milestone!