When we were five years old, we started kindergarten together and we remained in the same class all the way through high school. Afterward, though our paths diverged and went separate ways, we have always stayed in contact and remained friends.
I seldom see him in person because we are so far away from each other, but each time we catch up, it's like no time has passed at all.
On this occasion of his birthday, I'd like to ask him, "If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?"
Would you say, "Have fun" or "Enjoy everything"? Maybe you would be more somber and remind yoursel to "Save money" or "Forgive yourself" or "Forget yesterday." Maybe you would simply say, "Be happy."
An old joke says that men are happier than women. Why? Because they can be President of the US, but they can never be pregnant. Because car mechanics will tell them the truth. Because wrinkles add character. Because people will never stare at their chests when talking to them. Because their phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. Because a five-day vacation requires only a small carry on bag. Because they can open all their own jars. Because the same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. And because they only have to shave the neck and above, and they have freedom of choice about growing a mustache.
As Andrea Reiser, author of the article, "47 Things I've Learned in my 40's" says,
It's awesome to collect people throughout life, but you're truly blessed if you have a handful of besties who will always, always have your back. Even if you don't speak to them all that often, you know they're there.I am truly blessed and you're one of besties, buddy. I wish you a very happy birthday.
Author of Penny Possible & A Million Sticky Kisses