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Dept. of Birthdays

My Best Friend

My best friend had his birthday today. He's officially a senior citizen now, with aches and pains. And oh how I wish I could take those aches and pains from him.

But he is also possibly the smartest person I've ever met, and the kindest, most patient man I've ever known. He has taught me what little I know about patience, and has reminded me to be kind in turn. He introduced me to jazz, a friendship I initially shied from, but it became one of the best musical friendships I've ever had (we're sitting here listening to Coltrane as I type ). He also introduced me to rock and roll, and that was glorious, too.

We share a love of the printed world, of SF, of democracy, of exploring the universe through conversation, and so much more.

He is father, lover, confidante, master of wildly sideways humor (just look at those eyes!), and the rock in my life. I am so lucky to be able to celebrate his birthday with him each year. Happy Birthday,

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Aug. 10th, 2018 04:11 am (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2018 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am a lucky person to have him in my life!
Aug. 10th, 2018 11:43 pm (UTC)
Good lord, did he *eat* all of that? Heh, give him a big smooch from me! You are two of most favorite people, and it makes me grin to witness how much you care, love, and cherish each other.
Aug. 11th, 2018 12:20 am (UTC)
Heh - as I recall, he made a huge dent in it, but I think some of it came home with us. I will definitely give him a smooth for you!
Aug. 11th, 2018 11:56 am (UTC)
Lovely picture, and such a lovely post - I felt I knew and liked him just from your words!

Hope his birthday was lovely.
Aug. 11th, 2018 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I know you would like him if you met him!

His birthday was the day he got a cortisone shot in his spine to help with his ongoing back pain and connected problems. He joked that it was a great way to celebrate. Luckily, he's gradually seeing an improvement, and a lessening of the pain, as a result of the shot. (He's had several of these shots in the past.)
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