It’s my 44th birthday!
It feels like I am older than ever before.
I was born in a blizzard. Interestingly, we are also having weather today!
It’s going to be a good day. I want to say four things I’m thankful for because (A) you can’t stop me—nice try, sucka—and (B) forty-four things is too much for me to manage at this age.
1) I am so grateful for my mother! Barbara Smith is wonderful. She literally gave me life forty-four years ago (in a blizzard; did I mention that?) and she has been a wonderful mom and the earliest advocate for me as a storyteller. Without her, there would never be a Green Ember or anything else. It’s HER birthday! Happy Birthday. I love you, Mom!
3) The Book of Common Prayer.
4) You. You! Thanks for caring about me and my stories. I probably love you. I’m almost positive I do.
Thanks, everyone. Happy Birthday from me to you!