My birthday was lovely
And your words were sweet
And I thought maybe I would reply to them all
But then it would take me till my next birthday
Which feels counterproductive for all
So I will just say
Thank you to those who shared pieces of your own pain –
I am so sorry, and I care.
And thank you to those who sent things,
Like bacon jam and tea and a handmade bookmark
And Scripture cards and flower seeds
And always words.
I really loved hearing from you.