Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 to 30: Best birthday present ever

My wife surprised me a month ago with an early birthday card. I thought, "Wait! I am still 29 for another month." She explained that her family does something special for big birthdays, so I would be receiving one card for every year I can claim with the 30th card on my 30th birthday.

She had asked 30 of my friends and family to write me a thoughtful letter, including special memories we made together. 

It was so much fun to read great letters everyday from people who love me. Many people also sent photos.

It was also interesting to notice themes about what people remember. Most of the letters included stories about learning, creating, or exercising, such as climbing mountains or building something. It was an amazing gift and another reminder of how important it is to have silly adventures.

What was the best birthday present you ever received?


  1. How moving birthday!
    I'm moved so much by this article.

  2. It was so much fun to receive and all my friends and family said that it was also a lot of fun to write.

    You guys are turning 20 this year. Why don't you do 20 to 20 for each other?