This photo of me and our leetle brother hangs above my desk and it always cracks me up. I love that our Nana's finger is in the photo (it was in many of the photos she took with her Instamatic) and I love that the brief moment in time when I was taller than our leetle brother was captured on film. I mean I wasn't that much taller but I was taller. We were standing in the spot where Nana always posed us when she wanted to take our photo. Behind Tod was a mixed- flower bed and to my left was the best smelling mint garden ever. I have mint in my own garden now to remind me of it. Along that long pink wall behind us was really gross rhubarb that Nana made pies with. Everyone loved her rhubarb pie, but to us it was just bitter red celery. It was pretty next to the pink fence, though. We loved our summers at our Nana's pink house. And we loved being together. I always remember hearing Nana lovingly tell her friends how we'd play together and whatever I'd do, Tod would do. I remember hearing Nana telling this story about a thousand times. She came into the room and we were both crying. She asked him why he was crying and he said because Linda's crying!
I'm still as tall as I was in this photo and I still wear jackets when everyone else is wearing short sleeve t-shirts. And, Tod still does whatever I do. Ok, only some of the stuff and he swears slightly more and makes way more people angry. One thing all of us seesters and brothers still do is get older. In a few hours Tod will turn 38. I had a great idea for a really funny gift to send him but since I am about to turn 40 in a couple months, I keep forgetting to get it. Tod is currently freezing his tushy off in Vermont but I don't think that should prevent me and Karen from having cake and making wishes. Why should we suffer just because he is? That may have worked when we were kids but not anymore. Tod not being here on his birthday should not prevent anyone from having cake and making wishes! We hereby declare January 10th CAKE AND WISHES FOR ALL DAY- even if our leetle brother is not here to here to have cake with us.
I can't decide what kind of cake to have but I totally know what I am wishing for.
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