My birthday is next week. When I arrived at work on Monday morning this email was in my inbox (in a beautifully scripted text that I can't get to come through on blogger):
If you are not yet spoken for, your devoted co-workers ardently wish to dine with you in the luncheon hour of Wednesday next, the nineteenth day of November, at the eating establishment of your choice, to commemorate the approaching anniversary of your celebrated nativity.
Respondez s’il vous plait regarding your availability on the date in question. We await, tremulously and with bated breath, the desired response.
Fondly and Ever Yours,
The Collective Researchers of UC Davis
Of course I couldn't respond with just a simple yes so the following was my reply:
Dear Collective Researchers of UC Davis,
I would be honored to indulge in culinary delights in the presence of such great women. I am pleased to accept your invitation for the nineteenth day of November and look forward to an hour of feasting and heartfelt conversation.
With sincerest appreciation,
And finally, the invitation to the office:
Dear C.R. of UCD (sadly lacking our studious friend Flora),
Your presence is requested at the nearby Applebee’s Restaurant between noon and 12:10 pm tomorrow, or as soon thereafter as you may happen to arrive. None would be turned away from these festivities for some mere shift of schedule or trick of timing that may prevent absolute punctuality – six chairs shall be reserved for six hale and hearty comrades well met.
Although I'm not overly thrilled about having a birthday, not because I care that I'm turning 35, but because I thought I would be at a different place in my life by 35, it was a wonderful time and a very thoughtful gesture.
Now I just need to come up with a thank you as well thought out as the invitation. :)