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To a woman with a colossal heart,

First and foremost, happy birthday, you incredible twat. I hope that twenty-five brings you a rich and amazing year with new stories and journeys waiting for you. In less than a year I have come to know the woman you are, the intelligent and vibrant energy you bring with every conversation, your genorsity, your quirks. I admire all that you present and hold under the surface. You're one of the best people to walk into my life this year and I don't remind you that as often as I wish I did. Thank you for allowing me in with open arms and showing me your compassion and strength. Not only do you stand up for yourself and what you believe in, you exhibit true inner strength by being able to stand up for others, as well, stopping at nothing to keep your voice loud and heard. You're one of the most selfless people I have had the pleasure of meeting, a true rarity in a world polluted by selfishness and greed. I hope you recognise these things in yourself; I know I am not the only person who sees you in such a warm light. You've courage and spirit and a surplus of passion that seeps out of every pore. I don't only respect you as a woman, I envy and admire the woman you are and all that you have accomplished at such a young age and continue to accomplish, the causes you stand up for, the people you surround yourself with. You're far too good for this world and I feel like such a lucky cunt to have you in my life, to have you listen to and accept me for who I am, to be a reliable platform in my life when I need you the most. I truly think the world of you, Shai, and I hope that your birthday is nothing short of wonderful. It's upsetting I can't be there to celebrate with you, but that doesn't mean there's not a celebration waiting for you when we're able to collide again. I know you're not someone who would ever expect monetary gifts, in fact, you'll probably shake your head and tell me you can't accept them, but please, I wanted to get you a few things that reminded me of you and I think you'd really enjoy. You can't send them back to me so you'll have to grit your teeth and deal with it because they belong to you now. I love you very much. Happy birthday to you again!

Love, Rose

1991: a playlist
1. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
2. Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
3. I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd
4. Motownphilly - Boyz 2 Men
5. Groove Is In the Heart - Deee Lite
6. Emotions - Mariah Carey
7. Justify My Love - Madonna
8. Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz
9. I Touch Myself - Diviynls
10. More Than Words - Extreme
11. Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. Alive - Pearl Jam

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