Happy Birthday….to me! My birthday was last Friday, and I must say, it was absolutely lovely. I started the day with a 7 am meeting, full of warm wishes and friendly faces. I will admit that I could do without the early start (not so much a morning person) it did set a great tone for the day. A friend stopped by to take a walk with me – and I actually made the time to go out and take the walk!
Sandi took me out for lunch and surprised me with a new Kindle (paperwhite…now I can read without a light!) My sister stopped by with a chai latte and tulips for me. Homemade ravioli for supper and a square dance to top it all off. Really really nice.
But one thing had me grinning like an idiot all day. Facebook notes. All day I had these little blips showing up on my page as folks took 30 seconds to wish me a happy birthday. And you know what? It really made me smile. Still making me smile.
So thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to help make my day so special. I really appreciate it!
(PS – if you haven’t taken our Facebook survey, I’d appreciate it if you would swing by – it takes about a minute and a half!)
There are a few things you should know about me. I’m Jewish, was raised as a Reconstructionist (not many people can say this), and I believe strongly in one of its core tenants, the principle of Tikkun Olam, meaning “repair the world,” as in, one of my purposes in life is to work toward making the world a better place for everyone.
Repairing the world takes many forms. For my family, it means a lot of volunteer work. My grandmother was a life member and volunteer for Na’Amat – her calendar was bursting with meetings and events well into her late 80s. My mother and father were tireless volunteers for the City of Hope – every Thursday night for over 20 years my mom was busy running a bingo game, and the twice annual Lox Box projects were full family events lasting a week or more, and of course there were the casino nights we helped run.
I was a member of Camp Fire growing up and spent many hours volunteering on community service projects. I married a man with similar beliefs who is currently the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 67in Northbrook. We both volunteer for the countless needs of our synagogue community. And of course, we’ve raised our two boys to volunteer as well.
So, it should come as no surprise to you, that when the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce needed volunteers to help with the annual silent auction and other projects, I stepped up to help. It was just one more thing to give back to those who have helped me, no big deal. However, this year they’ve decided to present me with the Volunteer of the Year award – I am being presented with this on Monday the 3rd – and I am moderately terrified. Getting into the trenches and doing the work – definitely my skill set. Standing up in front of 200 people I don’t know – not so much. Wish me luck!