Date: December 18, 2020 01:02 am Title: Chapter 1
I love the little moments of friendship between Pam and Karen, and the idea that Karen could give her this really helpful (and as it turns out very true) advice when she really needed it is kinda wonderful.
Date: August 16, 2018 07:28 am Title: Chapter 1
This is lovely. I’ve always loved the thought of fleshing out Pam as Erin’s surrogate big sister/life mentor. You did a nice job with that. Oh! And I love how Karen’s role and advice came full circle. Thanks for this!
Date: May 06, 2010 09:48 pm Title: Chapter 1
Nice bookending here. So glad to see something new from you. When I saw your name on the list that Ann had of confirmed writers, I was quite excited. You didn't disappoint! Come back and visit us again (with something new, if that wasn't obvious). ;)
Date: May 04, 2010 02:08 pm Title: Chapter 1
Beautiful story, and one that I can relate to. Never would have thought that Pam could have such a meaningful conversation with either Karen or Erin, but it was perfect in the context of this story and so well written. Loved it!
Date: May 04, 2010 07:48 am Title: Chapter 1
One of my two all time favorite writers has visited once again and I'm in heaven! You capture Pam's memory wonderfully. Her talk with Karen isn't overdone, but flows smoothly. And any story with Karen adding hurt with everything working out in the end is amazing! Thank you for your loveliness!
Date: May 04, 2010 04:35 am Title: Chapter 1
Pam's empathy...shining through. And, as always, the way you put words together...perfection:
"And when Pam's birthday comes around she’s happy to turn another year older. She’s happy to have whipped peas staining the front of her shirt. She’s happy to have large hands against her shoulders and the smell of him on her t-shirts. She’s happy to be older, with a pillow on the sofa that says “Home Sweet Home” and a bib in the laundry that says “Nobody Puts a Baby in the corner” and her peace of mind standing six feet tall in the kitchen, making coffee.
She’s happy to be one year older and she doesn’t envy other women anymore…
Because countless things can happen in a year."
Countless wonderful things can happen in only a year.
Date: May 03, 2010 10:46 pm Title: Chapter 1
wow i have a lot of "found feelings" reading this, i felt kind of identify with pam =/ i dont really yearn for my b'day neither.
anyway..hey i've been actually reading a story of yours its called "how it falls" i read a chapter ones in while(it kind of a long story as u know) im in chapter 6 i think..its a good story i really wanna know what happens next..i dont comment on that one cuz i dont know if u guys still read those comments =S. i was going to finish reading it but then i so like a hundred new fics all bday related(i find it weird) then i read why...how sweet of all of u doing that!
Date: May 03, 2010 08:51 am Title: Chapter 1
Kate, this makes me blissfully happy. What a seriously great idea. It's like you never left, my friend.
This image is just priceless: Pam had glared at her in the mirror...Karen had offered a sheepish smile and ducked into a stall and Pam had tried to hold her breath, standing at the sink and clenching her jaw.
There’s a passive aggressive streak to almost all human beings when it is their birthday and nobody cares...People get angry and upset and refuse to participate in normal human interaction and refuse to simply stand up and announce that they are now a year older and everybody sucks. LOL--so true! I can think of two particular occasions when this happened to me. One time it was my own mom!
Thank you again, darling. You know you can visit any time you like. Give me advance notice, and I'll make lunch ; ) xo
Date: May 02, 2010 11:30 pm Title: Chapter 1
That was beautiful. I love the seamless transition from the past to present and how it went from Pam's sadness to happiness and then the same for Erin as well. And Karen's advice? I almost want to tolerate her for a second... nah, that would be too nice. Anyways, this was fantastic, and you certainly don't seem rusty to me. I hope you'll write something new soon!
Date: May 02, 2010 10:22 pm Title: Chapter 1
This is just lovely. And very similar to the way I feel when watching older episodes of TO because who would've thought that Jim and Pam are married with a daughter.
I like how it was Karen who gave Pam that little piece of wisdom. Ironic at the same time though. And of course, I love how Pam used that to comfort Erin (very similar to a scene in a recent episode).
Thanks for sharing.
Date: May 02, 2010 08:29 pm Title: Chapter 1
Wonderful. I loved Pam's pay it forward moment...and who knew Karen could have had some words of wisdom back then. Ugh, SO nice to read something of yours again Stablergirl! This fandom misses you like crazy...just so you know. :-)
Date: May 01, 2010 08:00 pm Title: Chapter 1
It is fantastic reading one amazing story after another here! I've always enjoyed everything you write and this is no exception. I love the circular nature of the the story and the "Pay it Forward" theme. Very well done.
Date: May 01, 2010 12:00 pm Title: Chapter 1
This is simply beautiful. Because we know Karen was OK, really, and that she and Pam could have been friends if they didn't have one particular thing in common, and that Pam is kind (and so is Erin). Lovely, lovely.
Date: May 01, 2010 11:57 am Title: Chapter 1
is it wrong that i'm going to start using karen's mother's advice? lovely story. sometimes when i'm rewatching the angst that is season 3, i just want to whisper into pam's ear "just wait til next year." i love that your fic did just that. thanks!
Date: May 01, 2010 05:52 am Title: Chapter 1
What a great present! Nan is very lucky to have you as a friend. The advice is really good, plus I like that Karen helped Pam, I've always felt kinda bad for Karen. My favorite part is "and her peace of mind standing six feet tall in the kitchen, making coffee." It's just so cute!