I am 26 today!


I was a sad little kid. Once I remember back when I didn’t have any friends, I went up to my favorite teacher (who didn’t know she was my favorite teacher) and said when everyone was playing, “It’s my birthday today.”

She looked at me, the good little student who never said anything. “Oh! Happy Birthday!” she smiled. And for some reason, it was enough of a validation.

It was the only birthday greeting I got that year aside from my parents, grandparents and sister. And the obligatory birthday cookie card from Safeway.

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