marilee, catherine and i have been friends for over 35 years. fate threw us together (at one time we were all married to young english professors). we also share spring birthdays and for years now we get together to celebrate. wednesday evening we went out for dinner, then went to a gardening talk (we are all passionate gardeners) and then back to catherine's for cake and an exchange of presents. these days, it's not for our birthdays that we celebrate but for an acknowledgement and a celebration of deep friendship.