twenty-five

a picnic under the cork oak trees... a self-made pear and ginger cake laced with violas and a pavlova with cacao, cream and strawberries... a portrait by the violets... gifts of a mug, a Johnson Brother's tea set, handmade soap and a ball of wool, a very blue linen tablecloth... thrift-store trawling... hugs and kisses aplenty... a handful of birthday nasturtiums... pizzas made by my sister's hands... a so-needed pilates class... late night cups of tea and board-game playing... so so so many happy messages, phone calls, cards and emails from friends and kin near and far...

For this, and all twenty-five years I've circled the sun, fullness of joy and thanks be.