Well, thanks to all who sent me best wishes on LJ on my birthday. For some reason, I was absolutely spoilt rotten and this is no false modesty on my behalf. Maybe we had all become complacent before and during lockdown and people are now keen to make up for lost time. For instance, a family friend mentioned that they had a statue that they weren't sure what to do with. I I thought it was going to be about 8-10 in resin cast and said "if you ever get fed up with it, sling it my way". I meant it as a throwaway comment and actually forgot about the conversation. Imagine my surprise and genuine joy when it was presented to me just before my birthday - 2.5 foot of polished hardwood and absolute stunning. The following day, I came into work and was shocked to find cards, bunches of flowers, candles - small presents abound. I was truly gobsmacked. I am usually only in the photo lab for the autumn, but circumstances made me apply for the late spring shift, so I *am* a regular returner....but - I had never been treated as warmly as I had been that day. Like - bloody hell Hen House, knock yourself out.
A friend bought me the most exquisite glass window ornament - a tiny glass meadow with poppies and roses on it. Another friend baked a cake and spent three months making the most incredibly beautiful dragon scrapbook journal. I am meant to write in it - it is so precious, it would be like writing "I WOZ ERE" in the middle of the Dead Sea Scrolls. More presents turned up the following day - a basket of roses (which I will put in a planter) and finally a lovely new Kindle FIRE from Mr Pye. I am so used to having only a few hurried presents and having a moderately pleasant day - I had to check whether this was an important birthday, which I had forgotten or something. Genuinely pleased to get such booty, but overwhelmed by the love that was felt over the past 3 days. I must admit that I had problems processing it all, something that my sister had picked up on and mentioned when we spoke today. My face had gone into 'buffering' mode, apparently. More messages from beloved people. I'm afraid I went into shutdown a bit.
Another lovely thing is that a fellow user from the now defunct 43 Things website found me on Facebook. My sister and I were part of a group and he was hilarious. I'm not the easiest person to find on FB - it's usually 'friend of a friend' status, but I was on a page that he was on. We haven't text online for possibly close to 10 years. I got a text, saying "Ms. Calico, I presume?" I recognised the name straight away. Oh wow - great to hear from him. Consider him refriended.
It's been a great time - I haven't felt this happy in a long, long time. Loot aside, it was so nice to genuinely and warmly reconnect, even if a bit exhausting. I hadn't realised how much I missed people.