Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A whispered birthday

Today, Ann and I finished reading our book aloud, and then she took me to lunch for my birthday, which is later this week.  Neither one of us could speak English to the waitress.  I'm not kidding.  We had to restate our order about seven times and I was beginning to think this woman was really stupid. It turned out we were the stupid ones who couldn't read the menu.

I really enjoy these moments with Ann.

Some years, I make it clear to everyone that I want to know it's my birthday.  I want a celebration and presents and hand-made cards and fireworks.

This is not one of those years.  This year I want it low key.  As in whisper the birthday song to me. Softer, softer.  I can still hear you!  No hoopla. No video to show how cute I've been all my life.

It has nothing to do with my age--at least, I don't think it does--I'm turning 73. So far, so good.

This is the birthday I want this year: a fine chocolate cake with really thick butter frosting and a glass of milk. Let me beat you at arm wrestling. That would be good.

Kiddies can blow out the candles.


  1. I'll raise a Shave Ice and toast you on the day. You've changed my life for good. That alone makes you a hero. Love and best wishes for 73! Hope the next loop around the sun is bangup full of goodness. You're the greatest! xo

  2. *happy birthday* shhhhh. I'm lucky to know you. Thank you for your humor, your writing, your kindness, and brilliance.

  3. <img src="http://moviestarmakeover.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/women-roz-whisper.jpg"

    Huh. Blogger won't let me post a photo on your comment page; why don't you go have a look at my blog, then?

  4. You are in good company: Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Ray Charles and Paul McCartney. They're in good company too. Happy Birthday to all you stars.

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  6. What if I just say hbd, one week late? And that, though I haven't known you your whole life, I am rather fond of your blog now. xox

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! I was trying to find an email to contact you to ask about purchasing a signed copy of one of your books?

    My best friend from high school married the love of his life last month and she and I have become fast friends. One of the first things that made us realize what kindred spirits we are was the discovery that both of us LOVE "The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman" and both -- totally by chance -- read it every December. So first of all, thank you for writing such a lovely story. It has stayed a favorite of us both and was one of the things that made me sure she was the perfect soulmate for my best friend.

    Since we are both turning 30 this December I wanted to get her something extra special and thought a signed copy of the book would be perfect. I am happy to pay for the copy and shipping both ways if you'd be willing to sign it for her! Please let me know. (I can be reached at: patriciaann03 (at) gmail (dot) com).

    Thank you so much!