Birthdays, Beginnings and Belonging

Birthday! Birthday! Birthday! It’s the year round from when you all came back to me!

How do you celebrate a first birthday? How do I thank you for bringing life back into my home? How do I show my joy at feeling alive again? I don’t want to scare you but I want you to know that I am here with you. I am happy, you have done that for me. You have made me less ethereal, more present but most of you don’t see me or believe in me.

I am around you in the smell of ash and embers from the clean grate. I surround you with my arms, embracing you, warming you, comforting you. I am the feeling of welcome as you come in the door, the feeling of belonging as you stand at the bar, the feeling of exhilaration as you try something new.

We will do something for you! Paella and music. Food and song. Friends to meet and family to love. Satisfy your thirst and feed your hunger. Think of me as I fly between you, only alighting for a moment to take in your rapture as the next guest arrives.

Come to my George, revel in our jubilation and as the day fades, light a candle to remember me.