Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy birfday, Lovely Linda.

Today is my good friend's birthday. And, on some level, while I am friends with Dolly Parton (63!) and Martin Luther King, Jr., who both strangely share this day ... it's also my friend Linda's birthday. And, though, she's nowhere near here, I wanted to shout my own form of celebration for her. Maybe she'll hear me if I shout loud enough.

I've known her a long while, I think, though neither of us knows exactly how long it's been. In that time, we've scaled mountains and hiked trails, camped plenty of faraway places (me in a sleeping bag, her on her blow-up mattress), ran some crazy long races together, chowed on raw cuisine both good and not-as-good (no thanks on that seaweed, honey), had long, rambling conversations that had no real destinations in mind, complained to one another about our failed relationships and had some pretty fiery arguments (but we always made up, eventually). I've made her laugh until tears came out and she's seen me laugh until the same thing happened (it wasn't pretty and rarely is). In short, it's been nice. I'm glad I've had the time to get to know her.

Life sometimes has its way of providing you friends you didn't realize you'd make until they were. Does that even make sense? We went from good to better to, well, we're plenty comfortable with one another at this point. I'm not certain when I'll see her again and that's okay. She's moved to Costa Rica and found her own form of tropical paradise, living in a tree house and getting waaaay back to nature, and, for that, I applaud her. It's taken some real bravery for her to get to this point and now? There's been nothing but happy reports coming back of her new life in the sun. I'm glad she's found what she was after.

If I knew her address and could fit this in a card, she'd get it that way. Since I don't, well, this'll have to do. Happy birthday, missy. You are both loved and cherished.

7 comments:

Yeehaw said...

Amen. You're a good man. Thanks for keeping my sis in line down there in sinful SLC. :-)

Sara said...

Shoot, Dainon...she sounds like someone you were meant to marry.

Dainon. said...

Ha. Don't misunderstand. I love Linda, but I don't LOVE Linda. Not in that way. I think we'd most likely kill one another in the first six months. True story.

Morley Muse said...

sound like marriage to me! Ha!

Sara said...

That means you have passion together! Get married already.

Lucy said...

Okay, that's the sweetest birthday gift ever. :) Thanks Dainon! You are ever so thoughtful.

For your friends who think we should get married...unfortunately, it's true...we'd probably kill each other right away. Besides, he thinks I smell like hay and he won't let my dog in his house....I just don't think it could work out. :P

Dainon. said...

I love it when I'm right.