So today would have been my sister Joey's 61st birthday. I think the first birthday that a loved one is no longer with you is always the hardest. I wrote about her here.
I still think of my sister~in~law Mary, who's 56th birthday would have been yesterday. You can read about her here.
There was one night when Joey and I were at her apt getting ready to head out to the club for the night. Both in good moods and singing "Pencil Thin Mustache" by Jimmy Buffet only not quite in tune, I'm sure. What we lacked in skill and pitch we made up for in volume. What we didn't think about were the open windows that lead out to the middle of the complex and pool ~ where so very many residents were collecting and apparently listening to the free concert we provided. It wasn't until we walked out onto the sidewalk (on the 2nd floor) facing into the pool and courtyard to a standing ovation and applause that we realized what was happening.
Joey being ever gracious, gave a bow while I just stood there red faced, trying to shrink into oblivion! It is these times I will never forget and always be grateful for.
So Happy Birthday to Joey and to Mary. I'm sure they are somewhere having a drink together and still singing at the top of their lungs. I miss you both.