The above is a picture of my birthday cake courtesy of Maynards. It was a great dinner.
However, what I really want to write about is the massage you gifted me. But I don't have a picture of that. Probably a good thing.
It was the first professional massage of my life, and it was transcendental.
I may have already been in a bit of a reflective mood after the hike from that morning, thinking about my life--all 31 years of it. But the massage took me to this nearly meditative state.
To me, the message became a ritualistic celebration of each of my limbs, muscles and organs. As Tania carefully tended to each one, I savored the sensation and thanked each part of my body for the work it has done for me, for its strength and beauty. I thanked God for my body and my life.
Being that I'm studying for comps, I find myself in my head a lot, and it was great to reconnect with this corporeality that is such a big part of my life, also.
And the fact that it was a gift from you made it all the sweeter.
Gracias, mi amiga del alma.