My family came over this afternoon to celebrate my birthday with me. It got very loud and I got very warm.
We all "threw down" and ordered a few pizzas. I enjoyed the pizza because it was a spontaneous decision decided upon at the last minute. It's nice for me personally when something that wasn't planned goes so well. It's an encouraging thing in the eyes of a rigid planner.
When the pizza arrived we were all pretty hungry and we dived right in. Every seat was filled at my dining room table, the couch in the parlor too, as was the parlor floor. Filled with the behinds of my family.
The occupants of the dining room chairs were myself, my sister Kristen, my father, Aidan, my mother and my sister Kim. Aside from Aidan....those occupants were the ones I shared my childhood dinners with. It was nice to take notice of that and we chatted about our old assigned, but only because we always just sat there, seats.
When it was time for cake Darren lit the candles and dimmed the lights. My family began to sing Happy Birthday to ME. I relished in watching Jacek with glee in his eyes and love in his heart join in the singing. I delighted in watching Aidan clap his hands and smile from ear to ear with excitement.
I closed my eyes, clenched my fists tight and wished........
for more time with my family - like I was able to spend tonight
for my safe travels to and from Richmond, VA mid-week
and for my sister Kim to come back and spend more time with me because I miss her
then I blew out the candles and everyone clapped.