(Rather than thinking of this as a belated birthday wish, think of it as merely a way to extend the celebration that is our beloved Carly.)
My dearest Carly,
You are one of my favorites, for so many reasons. Your wit, your compassion, your unflinching honesty, your writing, your beauty, inside and out. . . the list could go on and on. You are a bright spot in so many people's lives, and I don't think you're quite aware of how. . . awesome you are. You truly are one of the best people I know and I'm the better for having you as my friend.
You are loved, and I know that I'm not alone in wishing you the best for the next year.