What could be a nice birthday message for someone I haven't talked to in a while?

We were best friends at school, but, due to the course our lives took later (different colleges, less contact), we sort of drifted apart and haven't talked in a while. It's her birthday in a few days, and I'm not sure what would make for a sweet and short birthday wish; of course, it should be more than just a Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day - considering that she's been an important part of my life and saying just happy birthday is too cliché.

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    A good birthday greeting is something heartfelt and personal. Anything we suggest will be cliche for this reason. – sphennings Mar 3 '18 at 9:56

If you haven't talked in a while, then "Happy birthday, hope you have a great day" is exactly the sort of message you want to send. You can tack a "How's life" or similar on the end if you want.

It's her birthday, and you two haven't spoken recently. Don't put more pressure on the interaction than there needs to be.

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