I LOVE this song – but my personal reflections aren’t of the song in the timeframe that it was performed…. my memories are from the 80s and my favorite TV show – China Beach.
Last night was a night of family and memories (MISSING TOO MANY, but we worked with who was there 🙂 ) Monday was Gene’s birthday, Tuesday was my bestie’s birthday and today mine. We laughed, sharing pictures and good times, wine and giggles….
I remember each year on my birthday when I woke up my mom would always say “Do you know what I was doing …. years ago today? Crying because you were a girl. Crying because I knew your daddy wanted a boy – but when I saw how much he loved you I quit crying…” I wish she was here today to tell me that story. I remember every year I got a cherry chip cake with cherry icing and cherry vanilla ice cream… because she liked it! When I got older I asked her for my favorite cake instead and she said “that is your favorite cake” and I said “NO, CARROT CAKE IS MY FAVORITE.” And even when she wasn’t baking anymore I at least got a carrot cake from Publix (almost as good).
I was thinking after our get together last night about Kathy, my brother’s wife and one of the greatest gifts he ever gave me – our friendship – trying to remember how many years we’ve shared that friendship – 34… How can that be????? I’m only 25 now? ha ha! We have been through so many times together… some ups in life and some downs (but never in our relationship). I pray I never spend a birthday without her…
And then I remembered the first birthday I shared with Gene – I was 30 and running into a bar at the bowling alley with my girlfriends and he was there, I stopped and gave him a kiss and went on to ‘play’ with my friends… And a couple of years later we started to share our life together. When I got up this morning he shared a beautiful love-letter with me instead of a card that he bought – that yellow-lined paper is my greatest treasure for this birthday… HOW BLESSED I AM that he let me pick him…
I’ve had so many beautiful wishes from friends and family today that my heart is full… And I am glad for REMEMBERIES… (remembering memories) I just made that up – just now! Gonna go post it as a WORD OF THE DAY on facebook – I haven’t had one in a while.
I treasure each of you who took a moment to see my rememberies today…. I am blessed by you.
Happy Birthday to me….