I celebrated a milestone birthday on Wednesday and after a delicious dinner with Karine and Jérémie, I was sat down in front of the tv and presented with a video of birthday messages from near and afar - mostly afar - that had me laughing and crying simultaneously.
I've been asked to show the video but I've chopped a good deal out of it for this showing; some things are really personal and I know those friends would hate to be aired publicly, and some messages were just too long to play in full or too full of private jokes that would require too much explaining. All of it meant the world to me.
So here are some snippets of a gift that moved me more than I can possibly say. To everyone who was involved, I love you and I can't wait to see you. There could well be tears. There will be bear-hugging.
ps. I got two videos sent from Berlin and couldn't edit either of them. There must be something in the water there... whatever it is, I love it!