On the 25th, our family had a nice evening celebrating my younger brother, Dan’s, birthday. Before everyone arrived, I strung small white lights up all across the dining room ceiling as well as no less than 3 “Happy Birthday” banners which I found in the closet, all in various stages of deterioration. Mom made homemade lasagna and garlic bread, and I helped with the salad. Allison and I also helped Mom with gift-wrapping, with me brilliantly ripping apart a brand new gift bag in the process.
Braving the winter weather, Kathy, Zach and Isaac arrived with the birthday cupcakes, which spelled out “Happy Birthday Dween Dween!” which is how Ike pronounces “Uncle Dan”. Kathy and I couldn’t have picked a better nickname for him if we tried…it’s priceless! We’re constantly sidling up to him with things like, “Hiya Dween Dween! How’s it going?”
We even suffered through a Genesis (his favorite band) CD at dinner time. Isaac even danced to it.. smile and all. Brave little soldier… we all know how hard that must have been for him.
Of course Zach was quick to point out that the intro to one of the songs sounded just like a buffalo dying, and that it also sounded like the CD was skipping because it kept repeating the same sound so many times.
Mom said, “You’d think Dan was turning 30 with all of this hoopla.” Except I don’t think she said “Hoopla”.
But, no, she didn’t swear, she just had another word for hoopla… most likely “hub-bub” or “hullaballoo”.
Sorry to tease you so much Dan. After all, it was a very fun night, lots of good food and drinks, and warm family laughter and love on a cold snowy January evening.
So, now that Dan’s Birthday is over….
. . .it’s time to think about Kaffy’s birthday…
Yeah, she figured it out eventually…
February 4th, Stooge…Rock!