This afternoon I received a vase of flowers from a friend I haven't seen in a while. The note attached simply read, "We love you," signed by my friend, her husband and her little boy.
It was a belated birthday gift. It was the best birthday gift. No disrespect to my iPod or the Grandma who gave it, but the warmth gleaned from a heartfelt, unexpected "We love you" -- especially one that comes with flowers -- will always trump a high-tech toy. It'll probably last longer, too.
Thank you, B. I love you too.