It wasn’t my plan to take so much time off blogging. Some time, yes. This much time, no. I have reasons – no excuses, but pretty good reasons – but they’re for another blog. This one is about family, and specifically two members of my family who are celebrating birthdays today!
Let’s start with the oldest my sister Andrea — although she will quickly point out in her comment that she is younger than me. In this context, she is the older of the two birthday celebrants. Andy Pandy. Andrea Joy. Andrea with the string of last names we won’t go into here. She’s also known as Mom by three amazing kids, grown up kids now, who adore the hell of her, as they should. To me, she’s my hero.
The hands she’s been dealt in the past couple of years, the work she’s done to try to get back on her feet, the support she continues to give other people even as she needs a lot for herself… that’s a kind of bravery I’m not sure I have. Not without a lot of things being thrown at walls and a lot of single malt being consumed anyway.
Andy made a great attempt at living and working out a dream, and it turned into a bit of a nightmare through no fault of her own. This forced her to make other decisions that I think she’s been happy with, but have also put her back at the starting line again. The cool thing is, she’s up for the race. She relishes having challenges and takes them on like nobody’s business. But she would be great for somebody’s business (Hello, Calgary!! Are you paying attention??) and I want things to work out for her.
But in the meanwhile, I hope she is having a great, happy, delicious birthday. I hope she knows that she is loved and admired. I hope she knows that some art thief is going to lose his balls someday for what he did.
Love you, sis, for all 60 years and I hope many more.
As for the other birthday… my daughter (who has a mother but who lets me share). Durita and Andy never met, which is sad, but perhaps also good, because I think they might have stories to share I’m not sure I want shared! They would like each other though, having the same sort of “yes, I’m going to do this!” attitude.
My Darling Girl is in law school in Copenhagen, living with her “man” Toki (I’m still not prepared for this), surrounded by a circle of wonderful friends (two of whom, Maria and Gunn, we were thrilled to meet last summer), and still and always loved by her ‘original’ family in the Faeroes. And by me.
We met on my birthday, which makes her the best gift I ever received, and there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think about her and how she’s filled my life and heart. Of course, the fact I have a photo of her in every room in the house probably helps me keep track of that but still…
The sun sets very late in Copenhagen this time of the year, and I hope she & Toki and all their friends are taking advantage of a summer birthday eve. I hope she knows I would love to spend a birthday with her again. I hope she knows how valued and missed she is by Jeff, and by me.
Happiest Day, Darling Girl. And many, many more.