I have a good friend who sends birthday greetings to his friends and family as if the person with the birthday was celebrating a personal Christmas AND extends the wishes through the person’s birthday week.
So today – Saturday, June 25th – is the first day of “Lonmas”. Let the week’s celebration begin…..
My birthday is this coming Tuesday, June 28th. I share that birthday with Henry VIII, John Elway, Kelly Pickler, Elon Musk, Kathy Bates, John Cusak, Pat Morita, Richard Rogers,
and my hero – #MelBrooks.
Tuesday, I will be 58. I have no idea how that happened. I used to be a newlywed and the new English teacher at the school. According to Patrick, the Starfish from “SpongeBob Squarepants”, “58 is like the luckiest number ever!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkIl1GhXNXw)
Now I’m retired and will be married 30 years in October. Don’t know how that happened either. Students I was 3 times older than, I am now only twice as old as. Now they all have careers, and spouses, and advanced degrees, and houses, and children. And so many are still a part of my life. And after thirty years, the Mrs. still seems to tolerate me.
So, what do I want for my birthday? I want “The Boy on the Bureau” to be seen – by you, by the friends and family you urge to come see it, by the stranger who read a plot synopsis and say to themselves, “I have to see this.”
I want this play to continue to evolve. When it does I become more enlightened. And the more specific and informed my perspective becomes, the more universal it seems to become.
The tradition on my birthday growing up was to have lobster and strawberry shortcake. Mom would buy the most awful pre-made “shortcake” shells, go to Clark’s Farm for strawberries, and make the worst whipped cream by hand. The lobster came from a guy who used to break into lobster traps.
I would trade that all for lunch at the Carnegie Deli with @MelBrooks… and if @JohnLeguizamo and @GarrisonKeillor wanted to join me and Mel, that’d be ok.
I invite Mel, John, and Garrison… and you… to join “The Lontourage”.
If the Carnegie Deli thing doesn’t pan out, I am good with birthday cards or birthday greetings…