Magellan / D -
sometimes "happy birthday" seems inadequate.
i do want to wish you more than just a happy day.
i want to tell you that you are significant to me - and i am sure - to many other guys here.
some of your posts have spoken to me in important and profound ways.
remember what an outpouring of concern and encouragement was forthcoming when you went through a difficult time recently.
even though we can't be there with you, give tangible gifts, share a cake, or sing off-key and off rhythm, we are here for you.
i personally am glad that you are still around - and i urge you to keep a spark of hope for the future - borrow one from someone here if you lose yours!
with affection, respect and gratitude,
and expectation for a better year ahead...
We are often troubled, but not crushed;
sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;
and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
- Paul, II Cor 4:8-9