I felt so fortunate to wake in Stockholm, on my birthday, to flowers and to my favorite breakfast right now (garbanzo beans and sliced cucumbers mixed with fresh dill, plus walnuts on the side).
I was even surprised with some very special gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan chocolate raspberry balls. They tasted like raspberry fluff balls.
I even went out on the special photo tour I'd been wanting to take throughout the neighborhood.
It included this historical church, where the candles alone felt like a little celebration of love.
The stroll led to the most amazing veg restaurant (where nearly everything was also gluten-free). It was a beautiful feast.
And even though I mindfully prepared for this half-century birthday, as soon as the clock ticked me into this new year (4:13pm, Stockholm time), I cried.
I just needed to go home, curl up into the fetal position, and be held.
Fortunately, being surprised with cute Swedish napkins, gluten-free carrot cake, vegan ice cream, and a present, helped make it all better. Sniff.