Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 27, 1965

It was a gloriously sunny day as our intrepid hero stepped out from his backyard and gazed in a southerly direction down the road.

The breeze was gently wafting down from the mountain as the sunlight danced between the trees, leaving cool shadows and a warm road to partake and enjoy.

A red crested robin appeared in the sky and descended from the heavens in a series of slow half circles, coming to rest on our intrepid hero's outstretched hand. He brings the robin up to his ear and it sings a soft yet haunting melody.

When the last few notes subside, the robin bows his head and takes flight. Our intrepid hero watches the robin soar to the heavens until it disappears from sight.

With a smile on his lips and bounce in his step, he takes off in that same southerly direction that he was looking at only moments ago.


Let us think of the joyous moment of today and of the memory of those who brought us joy and are no longer here walking the highways and byways of life.

Today is my birthday. I am now exactly halfway between 40 & 50.

That is our joyous moment of today.

On May 27th, 2000, Charles M. Schulz was posthumously honored by the cartoonists of 42 comic strips paying homage to him and the Peanuts comic strip. This particular tribute moved me to tears when I read it that day. If you can find it in an old copy of a large daily from that day, you'll see what I mean.

That is my memory of one of many who had brought me joy during my 45 years on this big blue marble we call Earth.

My good friends and readers, starting tomorrow, yours truly is taking a well deserved birthday break from blogging and will spend the next few days enjoying the good weather and decompressing from the various stresses of the work week. Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend (for those of you from the states. if not, have a fantastic weekend just the same) and I shall see you back here on Monday.

Music of choice is one of my dad's favorite songs, and it's one of mine too. Strangely enough, it's one of the few that I can do an above decent singalong to: Country Roads by John Denver.


  1. Thanks.

    Sometimes getting old(er) can be an adventure.

    What kind of adventure remains to be seen, but an adventure nevertheless.

  2. Yes, happy birthday, 'young' man. Despite my metal cred, I kind of like country roads. Always have.

  3. Happy Birthday G - what a good age you have reached! Happy Memorial Day!

  4. Charles: In spite of some of my musical tastes and/or upbringing (classic country and 50's pop, to name just a few), I really do like John Denver.

    Especially this song, which I managed to work into two different short stories.

    Lynn: Thanks.

    I don't know about a "good" age, but I can safely say that amongst my inner circle of friends, I am the second youngest of the group.

    And here's wishing you a joyous Memorial Day weekend as well.

  5. Happy Birthday, G! Oh no - yet another person I'm older than - lol!

    Have a wonderfully relaxing Memorial Day weekend and thank you for reminding me of the glories of Peanuts :)

  6. Happy Birthday to YOU.
    Happy Birthday to youououououououuuu.
    Happy Birthhhhhhhhhhday dear Georgieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Sung in my best voice, actually my outdoor voice, because you only turn 45 once. You are such a kid yet.

  7. Happy Birthday G! I hope you have a wonderful break, by the time you post again I will be in Arizona, well unless the plane crashes.

  8. Talon: Really? You're older Honestly, from your pics, I wouldn't have guessed it.

    The glory of Peanuts is something that will never fade away in any of our lifetimes.

    Bea: Thanks.

    At least you didn't do like my family did when I turned 30, which was to announce it in a large buffet style restaurant full of people. :D

    Joe: Thanks.

    I heard from one of my Facebook friends that temps were near the triple digit range this week, so take it slow and easy out there.

  9. Attempt to sing harmony to Bea and beg forgiveness for my screechiness ont he high notes :) Happy Birthday Dude
    What does many happy returns mean anyway?

  10. MCL: You know, I really don't know. Always heard the phrase but never found out what it meant.

    Thanks for the wishes.

  11. G, you're too kind. I turned 50 this past October.

  12. Hey, happy! I hope you did something to spoil yourself today. My dad says your birthday is the day to act as selfish as most people act every day!

  13. Talon: You are more than welcome.

    R.K: Thanks.

    And on that note, here's to having a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and I shall see you all bright and early on Monday.

  14. Happy Birthday G!!!! Hope you enjoy every minute of your birthday break :)

  15. Happy Birthday, G! I hope that it's fabulous!

  16. Yo G; Happy Birthday! The Big 45; that's you and me buddy:)

  17. Kelly: Thanks.

    Mama Z: Thanks and it was.

    Jane: OMG! Should I be worried? :D


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