Gary Gardner (grgardner) wrote,
Gary Gardner

Magic Numbers

Today is July 27th.  It dawned on me that today is my late Father's birthday.  I would have sent a card last week.   He would have been 80 years old today.  All of my friends will tell you I'm terrible with numbers and remembering names and dates.  However, I could always remember Dad's birthday -- in fact I could always remember everyone in my family's birthday as we all had "easy" to remember dates.  Dad is 727.  My Mom's is 828.  My brother is 626, and my sister is 123.  I mean it's like a conspiracy to have very easy to remember birthday's in my family.   I never had to remind myself, or put it in my calendar like I have  to do with Tony, the nieces and nephews and other friends.  No, its always easy to remember my family's birthdays -- not that we celebrate them much anymore or buy gifts.  As my Mother puts it, "I don't need any more things to dust - just take me to dinner or come visit."  I feel the same way.  It's nice to be remembered on your birthday, and "things" aren't what's important, it's the love that is.

My friend Richard posted on his Facebook page today:

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts” -John Locke.

I couldn't agree more. It's why I always say actions speak louder than words.  Saying "Happy Birthday" is nice -- remembering and taking action is what counts.  It's quality not quantity.  Facebook and LJ make it easy to remember and to slip a quick email or post on someone's wall, but does it mean as much as someone who really means it?   A good friend commented that he was happy that he got a hundred and something birthday wishes on his Facebook page on his birthday -- OK, easy enough to do when you have 390 "friends".  But does it really mean anything?  It really means something when someone remembers (even when its simple magic number to remember) and sincerely takes action because they want to.

So on my late Father's easy to remember birthday, even though he's gone, I still remember.  It would have been an interesting 80th birthday had he been alive to see it.   Happy Birthday old man....I'll clunk a beer can in toast, enjoy a pipe, and remember China Meadows in the evening with you.


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