Birthdays are triggering for me, because they make me feel alone and isolated (like Valentines Day does)... so I try to remember that...
When my birthday rolled around a few months ago, and I was dreading it, I was pleasantly surprised to get birthday wishes here, and unlike the mindless "happy birthdays" from the normals, the ones from MS'ers felt special, like they "got it."
So, I want to do the same for you, Obi, and others here. When I see someone I know is having a birthday here, I want to let you know I care about you -- because it means a lot to me when i hear it here.
"There is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces... even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar." -- from Moby-Dick