It’s my friend Lina’s birthday today. When she converted to her husband’s religion, she gave up celebrating birthdays.

Lina always remembers my birthday and in the past she has taken me out to lunch and bought me gifts. This always makes it hard for me as I want to reciprocate but I cannot.

Today I sent her a simple message with a picture of flowers, something she sends me a lot, and just said “Have a beautiful day.” In the past I have snuck in “Happy Birthday!”, but I realized it’s not so hard to make a small adjustment to let her know I care without compromising her beliefs.

I hope she does have a beautiful day as she is a beautiful human being!