Monday, February 11, 2013

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me,

When I'm 64?

I've got a number of years to go until San Geraldo has to answer the preceding questions. Maybe not such a very big number. But still, a number. San Geraldo, on the other hand, has arrived.

And in case anyone is wondering, yes, I still need him. But, no, I will not feed him. Why ruin a good thing? If I had been feeding San Geraldo for the past 32+ years, he might not have made it to 64.

My public birthday message to San Geraldo is brief this year. I try to tell him at least daily how grateful I am for every moment with him. How grateful for every adventure we have taken (and continue to take) together. For being loving, charming, and gregarious. For being exceedingly predictable and exceedingly inconsistent. For being shy sometimes, generous, fascinating, sincere, honest, childlike, comically (mostly comically) grumpy. For being open, empathetic, patient, and entertaining. For being every other thing I could possibly wish for — and any number of things I never thought I would have the patience (or love) to tolerate.

Happy birthday, San Geraldo.

42 comments:

  1. What a loving tribute. A very happy birthday to San Geraldo from me! I'm sure you both will enjoy every moment.

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    1. Judith:
      Thanks. It was a quiet day and a great evening.

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  2. this was a great tribute! I will send Gerry his own happy birthday wish on his FB page! I don't think I realized that our birthdays were only a day apart.

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  3. make that 2 days apart - forgot about the time differnece~!

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  4. Just lovely. Happy, happy birthday to San Geraldo and happy day to the man who still needs him.

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    1. Michelle:
      Remember the song "Wichita Lineman"? Weird song, but good lyric: "And I need you more than want you. And I want you for all time..."

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY >>>> JERRY!!

    Jim is there already and I'm trailing by a year....everything will be alright!

    Ron ~~~ wink wink!

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    1. Ron:
      I used to think I was so much younger than Jerry. The older you get, the less 5 years (and 4 months) matters! It's an honor to be in such good company.

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  6. Wish him a happy birthday for me. Just get two candles with the numbers...don't go the other route or the Sevilla Fire Department will not be able to handle it.

    saludos,
    raulito

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    1. Raulito:
      On Jerry's grandfather's 80th, the family did 80 candles. I think they set off the smoke detectors.

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  7. Beautiful tribute! Makes me cry to know what true love is. I am so happy for both of you. Happy Birthday, San Geraldo! And to think I knew you back when you were Jerry. Same great couple. Love to you both.

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    1. Jo:
      Thanks so much, Jo. Who could have imagined how high "Jerry" would climb?!?

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  8. Only love could have prompted you to write such a heartfelt tribute. Happy Birthday San Geraldo.

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  9. Happy birthday, Jerry! Happy, happy day!
    Judy

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    1. Judeet:
      I just imagined you doing a cute little dance to that! Thanks!

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  10. A wonderful birthday message to someone who sounds as if he will never be boring even when you've been together for 64 years! Happy Birthday to Jerry from me, too.

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    1. Kristi:
      He has loved getting all these birthday wishes. And he will never bore me.

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  11. Bon anniversaire to Jerry! Ken will reach that magic age in just a few weeks.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      In Jerry's way of counting, that means he's a full year older than Ken right now. I hope Ken appreciates that!

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  12. What a nice way to acknowledge SG's birthday.
    'Mostly comically grumpy' - that made me smile. I can relate to that.
    Happy birthday very distant cousin San Geraldo!
    Kirk

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    1. Kirk:
      He loved this from his very distant cousin. So, are you claiming any rights to Richard III?

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  13. Happy birthday to him
    Squashed tomatoes and Vim
    Bread and butt-er
    in the gutt-er
    Happy birthday to him!

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    1. Owl Wood:
      I love all the traditional birthday ballads.

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  14. Happy Birthday San Geraldo, and many many more!

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    1. Bob:
      Thanks from San Geraldo (and cheers to the many many more)!

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  15. Oh goody! Now you get to have a birthday party! Best wishes to your beloved Jerry.

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    1. Ms Sparrow:
      Birthday dinner out with Teré and Miguel. Our second annual!

      Thanks!

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  16. ¡Felicidades San Geraldo! Sesenta y cuatro es un numero!

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    1. Peter:
      ¡Ja! ¡Veinticinco es un numero también!

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  17. Yes Gerry, take it from me that it wasn't as bad as I had imagined when I first heard that song and figured out in which year I was going to be 64.
    One day at a time.......
    All the best!

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    1. Jim:
      And did you ever think when the song came out we'd live long enough for it to be a reality?

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    2. I was hoping I would! And here we are!!

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    1. John:
      And here I thought that was an Owl Wood original.

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  19. Well, sincere birthday wishes to the obviously totally wonderful San Geraldo! I know how lucky you are because I looked at all the things you said about him and they're all the same things I think and say about my Fritz. Warm hugs to both of you And a Very Happy to San Geraldo!

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  20. A VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISH TO SAN GERALDO. What a wonderful display of your feelings for this very special person may it go on to 64 and beyond. Hugs from here. :)

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    1. cuby poet:
      And thanks from San Geraldo, too!

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  21. What a lovely tribute! Happy (Belated) birthday San Geraldo!

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    1. Jenners:
      Thanks from San Geraldo, who, the way I figure things, is now OVER 64. (He doesn't agree.)

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