The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn
I just had a wonderful birthday. I spent a majority of the day rotating between reading blogs, reading Harry Potter books (I’m trying to read through all of them before the 7th movie comes out. I don’t have a lot of time to read for pleasure, so no, this is not starting too early!) and working on some long-put-off organizing and cleaning that needs done. It probably doesn’t sound like much of an exciting birthday day, but to get in some good work and some good rest, and the feeling of accomplishment each time I finished a project was really a delight.
I met my spouse, Scott, at The Chocolate Box in downtown Seattle on his way home from work, where I picked out some truffles and chocolate covered macadamia nuts as part of my birthday gift. Then we went and enjoyed a leisurely two-hour four-course meal at our favorite little neighborhood restaurant, Thomas St. Bistro. This was followed by watching Moulin Rouge, a yearly tradition since 2007, when, exactly two weeks after the day we met, we celebrated my birthday by watching it at the outdoor theater in the Seattle Center, under the Space Needle and the stars. The movie has become even more integral to our relationship since we adopted the phrase “come what may” as our sort of relationship slogan, and had it engraved inside our wedding rings.
Throughout the day I was peppered with birthday greetings in the form of phone calls and voicemails, emails, Facebook comments and text messages wishing me well.
What a wonderful birthday, filled with good food, good work, good rest, and relationship with my spouse, family, dear friends and acquaintances. It reminds me that love is what it’s all about. I’m going to come back with more on that soon; some thoughts that have been tumbling around in my head about love. For now I’ll leave you with the quote that begins and ends the movie Moulin Rouge:
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
Amen to that.