I don't know why some people go out of their way to make other people happy. Often people they don't know very well, or who they don't owe anything to. But they do, and time and time again in my life I find myself enriched by the kindness of strangers, or acquaintances, or people I feel blessed and privileged to be able to call friends.
So thank you everyone, because I know lots of you do this. And a big thankyou to aiwendel, who has today made a dream of 20 years come true. (Although me finally acquiring a viola may be the stuff of Matthew's nightmares, but we'll elide that for the sake of a gushing post ;-) )
Now all I have to do is make sure I follow the good example of wonderful people and help others when I have the opportunity. And put in the time and effort to make the most of the gifts I have been given.