Then this happened.
And my heart exploded all over the place.
Apparently, this surprise has been in the works since September.
Mom knew. Oscar and Emily knew. Queen B and New Boyfriend knew. Hell, Queen B's boss knew, which was why she agreed to lie like a rug and let me believe that the tenth place I was setting at the table was for her.
It so was not.
Mikey and Miss Shelley also knew! In fact, all my friends knew! And they all kept it a secret! Even Miss Shelley, who actually hid from me in the grocery store rather than speak to me and risk letting the cat out of the bag.
Suddenly, the recent inexplicable absence of most of my friends made sense; no one wanted to accidentally spoil the surprise, so they had been avoiding me instead. Whew! I was beginning to think there was a rumor regarding me and leprosy or something.
Happily, no. Just amazing, wonderful, loving friends and family who wanted Thanksgiving (and my upcoming birthday) to be extra special this year. Well, my loves, you nailed it.
My heart is so full.