>A very literary birthday

April 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

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My birthday was wonderful, packed from beginning to end. I worked for the first half of the day, which meant celebrating with my students. Nukah and Joe came to my creative writing class and the group sat outside eating macarons from Madeleine Patisserie and drinking Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda and Black Cherry. Joseph also brought me mylar horse and whale balloons. Shortly after he gave them to me, I accidentally let go of the whale and we watched it fly high above school. Hopefully, this has some sort of symbolic meaning. Right after class, Joe and I drove down to the city. We took Nukah to his favorite dog park in the West Village to play before we dropped him off at daycare. I ate oysters for the first time at the Mermaid Oyster Bar. The appetizers were so delicious that we decided to come back later for dinner. After oysters, we hurried across town to see and listen to Deborah Eisenberg read at 192 Books. She read parts of “A Cautionary Tale.” I don’t have the time right now to talk about this in detail, but her reading was amazing. She signed my book, “For Gili, for the happiest birthday yet.” I told her that it most certainly was. After the reading, Joe and I walked back to the Mermaid Oyster Bar for more seafood and conversation. Our waiter told us that he felt like he was in Groundhog Day. When we had been there for appetizers, the waiter had lit a candle and put it in my espresso cup of chocolate pudding. I had forgotten to make a wish, so he agreed to light another candle after we finished dinner. The second time I made a really good wish. After dinner, we picked up Nukah and drove back upstate where we collapsed into a very sound sleep.

It’s time for me to get out of bed and start my second day as a thirty-one year old. Thank you, everyone for making my birthday special. I feel so loved.

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