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they say it’s your birthday

I think of my father today – hard to believe he was only 65 when he died, and today I am 67. Strange to be older than your parents. But here I am, carrying him with me forever.

My son is asleep upstairs. He came over last night bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm – he loves his new place of work, five of his expressly-designed cocktails are now on the menu, and the day he opens his own restaurant or bar is getting closer. On Thursday, he told me, he’s going in on his day off to learn how to shred duck. Yes, my son will know how to shred duck.

But best of all, he’d just come from a movie and dinner with his sister. They drive each other crazy and will have each other’s backs always. Nothing could give me greater joy than to know that. Later this morning, he and I will go to St. Lawrence Market to buy provisions for tonight, a dinner my son is going to cook for twelve or fourteen of my closest friends and family. We’ll eat in the garden, if possible, where the Rose of Sharon, the goldenglow, the hydrangeas, the phlox and rudbekia and echinacea are ridiculously bright.

I picked two huge cucumbers, some tomatoes, and some flowers for our feast. Have received notes from distant friends, including Lynn in Provence.

The only thing to say is – I’m grateful for every minute. i thank you god for most this amazing day.  I’d like a few more of them, if you don’t mind.

Just before my father died, he said, “I have no regrets. I’ve been given so much.”

Me too, my father. Me too.



3 Responses to “they say it’s your birthday”

  1. theresa says:

    Happy Birthday, Beth! And may it be a generous and joyous year to follow…

  2. beth says:

    Thank you, Theresa, for your good wishes and your long-distance friendship, your insight and vision. The same to you.

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