Today I love the teeming rain as it causes different susurrations that go along with the wind in the trees and the waves on the shore and the happily bubbling little creek beside the cottage, all of them coming together in an orchestral proclamation of “Happy Birthday” to my partner, Nikki. I love that the wind roaring through the trees is a hoarse whispered ongoing thunder and the waves are the rolling echo of that thunder and that is the very grandeur that this day demands. I love that we are at the cottage where the main floor on the road side is the second floor on the water side and is thus up among the trees and in the very center of the thundering wind through the leaves and branches. I love that we are here, enjoying the dimness of the morning and the sweetness of the smell of rain on the wind as it drifts from the trees, through the windows and across our main floor space. I love that the vestiges of last night’s party are all but cleaned completely away, for I have washed the dishes from that and our cottage breakfast and am now quietly writing while the radio plays melody and the wind plays background to the music of this day of celebration. I love that I am here to celebrate this birthday with my partner.
Today I love that yesterday I received two shirts that are SPF50 and made to fit tight and be worn while near and in the water and protect me from burning in the sun and these two shirts have been modified to fit me with a cut at the center of the neck line to allow my overly sensitive throat to persist without the impression that it is being choked. I love that unlike the t-shirts I have been wearing in the water, they do not tie up my arms or float up around me in the water. I love that they will not cause rashes when I’m paddling, nor will they restrict my arm movements when I swim and yet they cover my shoulders and much of my upper arms where I am most likely to burn if unprotected.
Today I love that at yesterday’s party, cinnamon and brown sugar glazed grilled peaches and pineapples were there, and they were amazing and there are leftovers and they were made by my partner who has become quite adept at barbecuing. I love that someone brought homemade hamburgers and someone else brought homemade potato salad, thanks Mike & Kailey and André & Jen, and thanks for coming to the party. I love when friends get together to celebrate one of their number, what a great way to be and feel alive.
Today I love sipping coffee and writing and getting ready to watch a good movie on a rainy day with the birthday woman, happy birthday, Nikki.