Yesterday was the super fabulous Suebob Davis's birthday. Two other amazing women, Laurie and Karen Sugarpants were thoughtful enough to throw a huge online birthday party for this most wonderful person and invite me. So of course I returned the favor by being a day late, for which I apologize profusely. I'd like to think of this post, then, as a way to keep the celebration going. On my way home this evening, I was contemplating the state of the world, and I began to worry that we are slipping into another Dark Age. People let superstitions and fear dominate their thinking and behavior. I was getting all bent out of shape as I pondered this concept, but then I remembered that yesterday was Suebob's birthday and I immediately felt better.

Suebob is the type of person who gives me hope. She is a connector who draws people to her and doesn't hoard, but links others in ways that benefit all. She is generous and kind, thoughtful and insightful, and full of human goodness. And funny, which is important. If only more people were like her - myself included.

The truth is that I am a little bit in awe of Suebob. Whenever I see her at BlogHer and she sits with me at breakfast or says hello to me in the hall or joins me for coffee or dinner or Indian food on Devon Ave while my parents refuse to try anything because it was going to be "too spicy" (including a cheese dosa and white rice), I feel incredibly special. The warm fuzzy feeling I get is hard to describe. Husband and I visited Suebob on my 32nd birthday, and it was pretty much the best way I can think of to spend a day: browsing a junk shop, eating carnitas, hanging out with Goldie. She just has a way of making me feel valuable and respected. I hope that whenever we chat, I impart even a fraction of what I get from her.

Happy birthday Suebob! I am so lucky to have you in my life. In honor of her birthday, I made a donation to Planned Parenthood, one of the 50 charities Suebob selected as important to her in the countdown to her birthday. I know that they will be as grateful as I am for her thoughtfulness.