It says so, right here

There are crumbs on the table and dust bunnies on the floor and there’s something sticky on the back corner of that one shelf in the fridge that I’m afraid to investigate.

I’m tired and I’m getting a cold and my desk is a mess and the laundry’s piling up and it’s rainy and disgusting outside.

I am profoundly grateful for all of it. This life, my life, is sweeter and more blessed than I deserve. Every year I dread my birthday—vestiges of ghosts long since past—and every year it arrives and I look around and realize, “Life is good and I am lucky.”

Because it is, and I am. Even if this IS the last birthday I’m planning to have. Ahem. (39 is the new black, or something, right? Right.)

And if for some reason I didn’t realize my good fortune, magical forces are hard at work to remind me.

I’m the first one up on school days. (Coincidentally, I am often the last one up on the weekends. These two things are related.) So I’m in the office working and in the kitchen making breakfasts and packing lunches well before the kids stir. They each came in to squeeze me and wish me a happy birthday, and then later, I discovered that my bed had already been made. WITH MAGIC!

(The room fairy is a tricksy one.)

After that wonderful surprise, I returned to my office to discover that today isn’t just supposed to be a good day, I actually have an official pass sitting on my computer to make SURE that I can redeem today as a good one.

I’m not sure to whom I’m supposed to give this pass, but that’s okay… I plan to keep it on my bulletin board. It’s a great reminder that I don’t need to have a birthday to have a good day.

Today I’d like to give all of YOU a gift, because I’m also grateful for your presence in my life. See my good day pass, there? Feel free to make a copy for yourself. I’m happy to share. And trust me, that little blue slip of paper does seem to be a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy.

It’s a good day. It’s a good life.

83 Responses to “It says so, right here”

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    Kelly August 17, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Happy Birthday! Make it a great day! :)

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    Leandra August 17, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I’m emailing this post to my husband so he can see that I’m not the only mom who is the last to get up on the weekend. He always has to make some kind of smart remark like “Oh, look, Mommy’s finally up!” and I’m like “Look, jerk, I mean honey, I get up at 5:00 every day of the blessed week. I’m sleeping in on the weekends!” Ahem.

    I KNEW today’s date was familiar for some reason! Happy Birthday! Hope today is fantabulous!

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    birchsprite August 17, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Happy Birthday Dear Mir! You deserve a good day pass!

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    Suzie August 17, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Happy birthday!

    I think you can keep that “good day pass” on your bulletin board all week. Right?

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    Diahn Ott August 17, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir! (and please don’t give up having birthdays…i’m going to have my 42nd one in less than two weeks, and they just keep getting better…)

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    bob August 17, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Happy Birthday.

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    Beth R August 17, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Happy birthday! You’re still younger than me, so you’re doing fine :)

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    divrchk August 17, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Have a wonderful birthday!

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    Dave August 17, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Happy anniversary of existence! Nate turns seven today, so you know it’s going to be a good day.

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    Hally August 17, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir!

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    Nelson's Mama August 17, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Happy Birthday!

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    RebeccaL August 17, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Happy Birthday! What great presents!

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    Michelle August 17, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Happy Birthday!

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    elz August 17, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Happy Birthday my friend. If I could, I would be there with all sorts of tasty gluten free treats and perhaps some margaritas b/c I’m a giver! I hope it is a fantastic day!

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    Jenn C. August 17, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Happy birthday!

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    Beth August 17, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I’m glad those fairies are there to help make sure your day is great.

    Happy Birthday.

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    bad penguin August 17, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Happy Birthday! and thanks for sharing your good day pass. :)

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    Kai August 17, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    a very happy day to you!!! LOVE your presents!!

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    Mom August 17, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I remember, lo, some 39 years ago… no, make that _exactly_ 39 years ago – it was a most miraculous day. And this anniversary of that day is even more of a day to behold. Happy birthday, precious daughter.


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    Heather August 17, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Have a great Birthday!

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    alicia August 17, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! You share a birthday with my husband! :)

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    Melissa August 17, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Happy Birthday!!

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    Mandee August 17, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Happy, happy birthday!

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    el-e-e August 17, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    How sweet!! Have a wonderful, memorable good day! You’re loved by people you don’t even know!

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    dad August 17, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Hang on to those notes.

    I still have one that I cherish in the top drawer of my office desk from a certain girl child which espouses “there was a little, who had a little curl…”
    A glimpse of it always makes me smile, even on the bleakest of days.

    Have a special day. You’re special.

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    Aimee August 17, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Happy Birthday, pretty Mir! Once the room fairy has visited, it *is* a foregone conclusion that the day will be really excellent. So enjoy it!

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    Karen August 17, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    A very, very happy birthday to you, Mir. Thanks for bringing pleasure and bargains to all around you.

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    Crista August 17, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Happy Birthday again! I will be 40 in November and I’m kinda looking forward to it. And i have no idea why, lol.

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    RuthWells August 17, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    You share a birthday with my sister-in-law — doesn’t that make us related somehow? ; )

    Have the happiest of birthdays; it sounds like you’re off to a great start, sticky fridge and all.

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    Jamie August 17, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Happy birthday, Mir! I just had my 39th (and final) birthday on the 3rd. Hope it’s a great day for you!

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    Angela August 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Happy birthday, its great to KNOW you’ll have a fabulous day!

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    Lynette August 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Happy Birthday! I am cherishing the last few weeks of my 39th year and not looking forward to the number that comes next.

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    Therese August 17, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Happy birthday,Mir! Have a wonderful day.

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    Tonya August 17, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a whole month of good days!

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    Jen August 17, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir! And do have a great day! (And let us know if you find out who is in charge of redeeming those great day passes!)

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    cardinal August 17, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Birthday fairies are the best. Enjoy your day, made even better with magic.

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    Sheila August 17, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite Internet people. Er…persons? (Person of the Internet?)

    Anyway, your day sounds as if it’s started off Just Right and I hope it gets better from here. Thanks, as always, for sharing your good days (and even the not-so-good days) with all of us.

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    Crystal August 17, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    YAY! Happy birthday to you! Have a great day!

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    Karen P August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! Hope the good fairy continues to visit you!

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    Katie in MA August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Happy Birthday, oh Mir-est of Mirs! I hope today isn’t just a good day, but a great one!

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    sassymonkey August 17, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Happy birthday! I hope it’s not a good day — I hope it’s a fantastic one.

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    Burgh Baby August 17, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Happy birthday!

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    Lylah August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Happy, happy birthday!

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    Katie F August 17, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Happy Birthday!

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    Katherine August 17, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Happy Birthday! I hope the rest of your day is as good as the morning.

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    Brenda August 17, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Hope you have a good birthday!! :)

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    Lucinda August 17, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Happy Birthday. May the next year bring even more blessings!

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    elizabeth August 17, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir, hope it is a great one.

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    Tracy August 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday! You can continue to celebrate this year (39) every year from this day forward BUT never ever say, you aren’t having another one! Um, ok. Thanks! Happy Birthday, Mir! Oh and the room fairy….LOVE that!

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    Rachel August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrated my 2nd 39th birthday in June (and don’t try tell me that means I’m in my 40’s cuz I’m not!!!!!!) Have a great day!

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    Denise August 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Hoping today is a very good day indeed! Happy Birthday Mir!!

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    The Other Leanne August 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks for the gift; it’s my favorite color and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it for years to come. Umm…no, I didn’t get you anything and I feel terrible about it.

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    Beachgal August 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow!

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    karen August 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir. It is a good life after all.

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    A.. August 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Happy Birthday Pretty Mir!

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    Jan in Norman, OK August 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    You don’t need to have any more birthdays…but you should make it known that, hereafter, you will be available to accept gifts on this day.

    Have a good one.

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    joaaanna August 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Happy, happy, happy day to you!

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    Dawn August 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Happy birthday! Do not ph3ar the phorti3s. They were actually quite a lovely decade. The fifties are not being so kind, but meh, I’ll survive.

    And it IS a good life. We are blessed to live in North America. Not the only good place to live, obs, but it is quite good, especially for us wimmens.

    Glad the room fairy found you!

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    Julie in Austin August 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Thanks for the good day pass! It’ll come in handy here! Happy Birthday!

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    elizabeth August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    How about a good year pass? Seems like you deserve one of those, about now.

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    laura August 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    My birthday is tomorrow…I didn’t even realize it until I read your birthday was today. See with age comes blissful unawareness.

    Just can’t wait can you!

    I love the thoughtfulness of your notes. I think that’s probably a gift all in itself.

    Happy day to you.

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    Anna August 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Was it Monkey that left those notes? Awesome.

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    RebeccaF. August 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Happy, happy birthday! Thanks for the pass – sure need it around here.


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    s August 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    what great bday gifts – Happy Birthday!

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    Heather August 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    I think I may make my own “Good Day Pass” on a pink post-it ;) What a sweet idea heh. Happy birthday, Mir. I hope it’s the best one yet, and that the next year is even better.

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    Ann from St. Peter MN August 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Happy birthday!

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    StephLove August 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Every year when you write your birthday post I am surprised anew that you are four years younger than me. Whether I forget because your kids are older than mine (so you’re older than me in mom years) or if it’s because you seem so wise, I can’t say.

    Anyway, happy birthday!

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    Deirdre August 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m turning 39 again next month. Hope the room fairy comes to my house!

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    Scottsdale Girl August 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Happy berday Ms Mir!

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    djlott August 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!! As someone who has celebrated her 39th birthday 12 times, each and every birthday is good!
    Room fairies are the best!! My room fairy doesn’t leave me notes, but she makes my bed so she can watch tv in my room, so I often find her sitting there!

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    abbey August 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

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    Annette August 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Happy birthday, cyber-friend! I turned 43 this year, and I think the 40’s are great:)

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    Mare Martell August 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    There isn’t a reason in the world to quit having birthday. Each year you walk the face of this earth is a blessing. Each morning you wake up without a toe tag you get another chance to make the world a better place. I’ve been doing this life for 42 years. I look forward to 43, 45, 50, 65, 70…etc. While I wait, I’m going to make sure I have the most interesting stories to tell in the retirement home. There isn’t any stone I want to leave unturned which is precisely why we’re given these blessed days.

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to MANY, MANY more!

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    AlisonC August 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir! Have a lovely day

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    Karate Mom August 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    OH YIPPEE! Tomorrow is MY birthday and I’m totally going to copy your “Good Day” pass and use it!
    On another note, this morning my son said, “Hey, Mom! Happy day-before-your Birthday!”
    (BTW, all the cool chicks are born in August! Just sayin’.)

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    ccr in MA August 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Happy birthday! Hope you’re having a good day. How could you not, with that note?

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    the celt (jessica) August 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Even though you didn’t put up a picture, I can tell just from your writing how lovely and svelte you are looking this fine day. I do believe 39 becomes you. :D (I think 40 will be even lovelier on you, so you shouldn’t pass up the chance to become that age next year.)

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    J from Ireland August 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Have a very happy birthday Mir

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    addy August 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    It is a wonderful life– Happy Birthday Mir!

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    Cele August 18, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir, that is one marvelous fairy. Thank you for the smile and the reminder to count every day with glad tidings.

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    Brigitte August 18, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    I think you may have been 39 before. Or I keep turning out to be even more older than you than I thought. ;-)
    Hope it was a happy birthday!

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    Mary August 18, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    Happy Birthday! It IS a good day. And it IS a good life. Enjoy!

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    Kristie August 18, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Yesterday was my daughter’s 12th birthday and it was a VERY good day for all of us. I didn’t know about the good day pass until just now but apparently we didn’t have to see it for it to work. Thanks Chickie and Monkey!

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