March 14, 2014

White Dog and the White Dog Army were supposed to be helping me put together gift bags for this Sunday's Party in the Park, a Paws To People event to raise awareness about human and canine epilepsy in a fun day of cake, games, prizes, music and dancing to celebrate President's Day. But every time I paused for a second or left the room to get a needed item, the WDA disappeared. Even Steve seemed to find LOTS of excuses to go out into the yard or to the storage shed.

I will admit I have not made it easy for my family to conspire and put together a plan for tomorrow, my birthday. But then again, I suspect they rather enjoy the cloak and dagger element of secret preparations. Despite dying of curiosity I am proud that not a single White Dog has cracked under my attempts to bribe them for clues. Michael, on the other hand, almost caved but unfortunately White Dog came into the room before he spilled what he knew.

Whatever the plan it, I know the day will be a wonderful one spent with those who mean the Universe to me. We will share memories of the past year, joyful and awful; we will hug and laugh and cry; we will celebrate each other because my life is not just mine--it is made up of the pieces of each other that we freely give.

I have promised a very special friend that I will take time on this most powerful of days  to send her a message of hope and strength that she can draw upon when she falls down the dark hole she battles. The WDA will help me channel love and courage into what I send.

And whatever good tidings my family has in store to fill my soul to bursting will be compounded and magnified by the kind words and thoughts I am already receiving from those of you who bless my life by sharing my journey.

So I'll finish the goodie bags (with the chosen distractor, Oso's help) and pretend I do not notice the WDA's plotting...and open myself to the rising feeling of excitement as the dawn of my "new" year approaches.


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Ooooh, this sounds like you are in for a wonderful day. We've had two birthdays too in our family. Our baby brother turned 18 (mum is sad) and our dad turned, well, older hehe. Have a lovely day with your lovely family! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Hope it's the best of days. Happy Birthday and lots of love xx

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Kjelle Bus said...

Me just wan´t to say Happy Purrsday to your mom :)

24 Paws of Love said...

So wonderful that the ones you love and care about the most are planning something just for you. Hope you have a great day! Save us a piece of cake!! :)

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Happy Birthday Sue...and thank you for ALL you and your family do! (Sorry...had to make it rhyme and with meaning!!)
Much Love,
Mama Mindy & The Slimmer Puggums
George, Toby, Lily, & Mimi send snuggles your way for a most happisome of days!!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday, White Dogs' Mom. :)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Happy Special Lady Day!!!

We hope woo got KHAKE!!!

Khyra and Her Mom

meowmeowmans said...

We hope you've had a most wonderful day, Sue. Happy birthday. We love you! :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We wish you a happy birthday too,,, and we will also send some love for you---- to pass to your friend who you are trying to help get out of the hole... cause we care too

Sagira said...

Those goodie bags look super cute! Hope you have a wonderful birthday.