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Archive for May 31st, 2009

Happy Birthday to The Love of My Life!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

What can I say? It’s my beloved Brian’s birthday today. Birthdays are for celebrating the person, really… not the day but the loved one who was brought forth on that day, years ago.

I went to a 50th anniversary in Brian’s family Saturday. One of Brian’s aunts asked me how I was. My honest but impulsive reply was… “Things are great… I’m married to Brian, what else could I want?”

Brian is a man of fewer words than me. He does have opinions, but does not need to spout them off to the world. He is thoughtful and courteous, sometimes when I am bouncing off the walls emotionally. He is not flashy, but he is as good a person as I have ever met.

I still am delighted and amazed that we have this incredible life together. Our surroundings are nothing fancy, our home is small but cute; our newest car is 11 years old but both are paid in full; we live simply. Our most frequent luxury is good food. Brian rides a bike for fun, I dance or knit, and we sing together. Things are simple but satisfying.

Brian found me when we were in our late ’30s. We have been married 12-1/2 years, and they have been definitely the nicest years in my life. What is really great, is that he is just as happy about this as I am. He sometimes says “This is the life.” I agree wholeheartedly.

Today Brian will spend his daylight hours on the bicycle. I will teach. We will come home by dusk and we will go out for sushi dinner together. Afterward we will go home to eat a homemade rhubarb crisp as his “birthday cake.”

We are not big on gifts here, but I’ll make that rhubarb dessert and I’ll darn a pair of his well-loved/well-worn handknit socks, so that he can have them back in his drawer to wear again.

Brian, the happiest birthday ever, to you!

Photos: At Niagara Falls, Creole Gallery, Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival.