today is a special day

11 . June . 2011

happy birthday
to my generous, patient,
courageous, strong, gentle,
wise + wise-cracking

a few irish toasts to
mark the occasion:

may you live to be 100 years,
with one extra year to repent.

we drink to your coffin.
may it be built from the wood of a
hundred year old oak tree that I shall plant tomorrow.

photocredit: betsy

may God grant you many years to live,
for sure he must be knowing,
the earth has angels all too few and heaven is overflowing.

may the doctor never earn a pound out of you.

may the good Lord take a liking to you…
but not too soon!

may you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

may you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings,
slow to make enemies and quick to make friends.
and may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

may your home always be too small
to hold all your friends.

may I see you grey and
combing your grandchildren’s hair.

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