Best Birthday Present

For my birthday, I received a hand painted and printed message in a bottle. Well, actually it was in a glass jar, but same difference.  The bottle was wrapped up beautifully and was a wonderful surprise. 

The message was from one of my youngest friends, inviting me to share a day together just the two of us, doing something fun together like painting our nails together, going on a nature walk or out to lunch.

My favorite kind of gifts are shared experiences. I don’t need or want stuff. I love simplicity and don’t like chotskies and clutter.

So my little friend’s birthday is this week and I decided to give her the same gift. It’s still hard for me to not buy stuff because that’s what I’m used to doing and she doesn’t really need anything either. 

I offered to take her to Sky High, an indoor trampoline place, but she said that she’s already gifting this experience to her Uncle. This kid is a smart one!  I offered to take her to Pump it Up, an indoor place with inflatable jump houses and slides. She told me she would think about it.  I love this kid and she’s only 7 and 3/4!!  I came up with a few other suggestions, but we couldn’t quite pick the best thing, until her mom came up with what we would both love, since it was our shared birthday gift.

I love to paddle on my Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, and she has always wanted to go with me. Ta Da!!

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So today, this is what we shared together, along with big smiles, love and sunshine on the water.

She was a natural and had such a good time.

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I loved it too, of course, and loved watching her learn and try new moves and seeing her confidence.  I love this kid and it was the best birthday gift of the year!!

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Life is good.

Living it up and loving it out! Namaste.

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