It’s that time of year again, where I write a blog post for Carole’s birthday so that she can have the day off from her blog and celebrate in style. I’m not sure I can top last year’s post but here goes anyway.
When it comes to birthdays around here, we don’t just celebrate, we also contemplate. Of course, the celebrating is a big part of what we do, not only today, but usually a few days on either side of a birthday, too. We include the typical things like family, friends, food, drink and cake, and try to work in some new adventures if possible.
The contemplating, though, is special, and it’s something we try and do regularly, on anniversaries and when the seasons change, but it’s particularly important on birthdays. We sit and talk about the things we accomplished over the past year, who we saw, where we want, etc and we think about what we want to do in the upcoming year. It’s not as formal as setting goals or writing lists (although I have a feeling Carole does that on her own) but it’s definitely a way of identifying the stuff that matters.
For Carole and I, music is always at the center or our celebrations, contemplations, and pretty much everything we do together. I don’t really understand how Spotify works and I can’t operate our Sonos system, but I’m hoping for a special playlist for tonight. First, I want to play our wedding song, Moon River, not just because we love it but also because the full moon coincides with Carole’s birthday this year. Second, it’s the last day of summer so I’m hoping for a dance on the deck to The Summer Wind as one season ends and another begins. Finally, while those two songs are among Carole’s favorites, I recently rediscovered an old favorite of mine, I’ll Never Find Another You. Tonight, I want to hold hands with Carole and wish her a Happy Birthday while that song plays in the background.
It’s a long, long journey
So stay by my side
When I walk through the storm
You’ll be my guide, be my guide
If they gave me a fortune
My pleasure would be small
I could lose it all tomorrow
And never mind at all
But if I should lose your love, dear
I don’t know what I’d do
For I know I’ll never find another you
Happy Birthday, baby, I love you forever.