Tuesday, January 10, 2012

feliz cumpleaños (Happy Birthday)

Tonight I had the great pleasure of being invited to one of my very dearest friends son's 21st. birthday dinner.

Myrna and her family have held me close these last 17 months. They have adopted me. Loved me. Held me. And included me in everything from backyard BBQ's to Christmas celebrations (feliz navidad), christenings, informal get-togethers.. you name it. This beautiful family has wrapped their arms and hearts around me, loved me, cried with me, laughed with me and lived with me.

Tonight they asked me to join them in celebrating Richie's (Ricardo) 21st birthday. The only requisite is that I had to speak Spanish. Myrna and her husband are from El Salvador. Let me tell you what I have learned from my beautiful El Salvadorian friend:

Family is everything.
If I love you, you are my family.
Cry (if you feel like it)
Mi Casa es su Casa.
Come here. I will hug you.
Come here. I will feed you.
Come here. I will love  you.
Eat some more.

I cry so much that I sometimes forget that so many people love me. That so many people hold me in their hearts. That so many people cheer me on. Tonight I remember and thank all of you in the blog world and all of you in my everyday world for all the love and support and encouragement you have given me since my very first "broken" post. I love you. I honor you. I will never forget what you have given me. Love, Peace, Places that I remember....


In my life Jim (TBHITW) .. I loved you more.


  1. Really enjoyed the video and knowing that a sweet family has cared for you so much in the past year. I, like so many other folks, have been blessed just knowing you Linda and that is the truth. I felt your sadness, pain, grief but mostly the love a couple can have and that was special to me. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. Crap. You made me shed a couple there. What a beautiful post.

  3. Glad you found Myrna and her family to envelop you with love.
    And I thank you for your love and support these past months too, Linda. You understand how I feel.

    Nice video. Haven't heard that Beatle song in years!
    Happy Birthday to Ricardo! Quite an honour to reach 21!!

  4. De nada.

    It sounds like you have a fantastic family in those people. God bless them richly for their love to you!

  5. I'm so glad you've had this family.

  6. Feliz cumpleanos Ricardo! I am so glad that Myrna and her family have adopted you - and that you let them. Thank you for all the support, encouragement and love you have given me. Take care. Sending you peace and hugs. xoxo

  7. Hi, sweetie. Just dropping by to see how you're doing. Hope all is well. I'm sure the recent days may not have been the most fun, but always remember there are folks out there (like the family befriending you, and us here on the internet) who are more than willing to listen, offer advice, lend a shoulder, or say a prayer.


  8. I love your honesty of life.

    I would like to share what you have learned, the little poem, on my blog. Credit will be given and only used on my blog, in a post. It is a simple truth, anyone can do it, and I love it.

    Thank you. I will be remembering you.


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