A one way ticket to anywhere

Happy 87th birthday, Dad. Twenty-three years. For a memory-challenged person such as me, I can remember so clearly every detail from the phone call, the wax dummy that lay in your coffin, visitations, funeral, burial, picking up the pieces for mom. Three weeks later I headed home in a world that was lesser. 

I miss over twenty years of graveyard conversations; taking care of the bonsai rhododendron and azalea next to your headstone. Despite the problems, I took care of mom. I was sure you wanted me to.

Four years ago, we put mom next to you. Her spirit died the day you did. I believe she is truly at rest, back to my original mother again.

Of all the crazy things you said or warped ideas you came up with, I decided my favourite: your offer to buy me a ONE-WAY ticket to anywhere in the world I wanted to go. I wonder what you’ve done if I took you up on the offer, asked you to fly me to some place 1/2 way round the globe, like Patagonia or New Zealand?

So, happy birthday. And, no, we will not toast you with a glass of Mateus! A glass of white and red wine but not the Christmas-birthday-Easter-Thanksgiving-Anniversary-World Series-Stanley Cup-First-Lawn-Mowing-Big-Pick-Up-Garbage-Day-whatever-reason-you-could-come-up-with that a bottle of Mateus was needed with supper. Thank goodness, from my perspective, that it was a sorta rosé, close enough to red that I had an excuse to open a bottle of white!

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February to November = 9 months = birthdays!


happy b'd to Nov. babies
happy b’d to Nov. babies

It’s probably no coincidence that when you count back 9 months from November you get to February and Valentine’s Day.

A shout out the friends and family that were November babies:
Nov. 2: my father’s father
Nov. 4: Annette
November 5: hubby
November 6: my mother’s father; me
November 12: David
November 22: Sarah

I share the date not only with my grandfather, but also with Maria Shriver, Sally Field, Glen Frey (Eagles), Ethan Hawke and Emma Stone (according to today’s newspaper). Then there’s John Philip Sousa, James Naismith, lots of musicians in bands I don’t know, some important events and deaths, national holidays (flag day) in Finland and Sweden.

Anybody you’d like to add to the list? Famous or unknown; past or present; family and/or friends; special events; and the list goes on!

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