Sunday, September 21, 2008

A glad day

Today is Kelley's birthday. I'm glad she was born. I'm also glad she loves life enough to live it to the full, day in day out, and glad she chooses to spend those days with me. I'm glad her mother and father met. Glad they loved and cherished Kelley and helped her become the person she is. I'm glad for all their forebears who gave her the most fabulous set of genes on the planet, that contributed to the fact that she's healthier today than at any point in the last twenty years. And she looks awesome, too :)

Glad is a good word. As well as meaning feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased it also means very willing, as in 'I'd be glad to take you out for a beer or three this afternoon and bask in our absolute trust and attraction and mutual delight and see what happens'. And one of the very many things I love about Kelley is how very willing and cheerful she is, even when faced with less than delightful tasks. She is also, of course, always willing to say, Ah fuck it, let's go drink beer! (Yes, that's what we'll be doing this afternoon, going to a pub we know where they see us walk in and have our favourite pint on the table before we even sit down.)

Glad comes from the Old English glæd--that æ is pronounced just like the a in glad, so the OE word sounds, well, very like the New English word. There's a reason for that. It's a word that is so basic, so foundational to a good life that it reached perfection a very long time ago. (No, that's not how it really works but just for today let's pretend.)

So today I'm glad. I hope you find some gladness, too.

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7 comments:

  1. A glad day indeed. What a beautiful post, Nicola. And happy birthday to Kelley. :-)

    It's a joy to know you'll both be basking in the gladness of being alive and together. May your days be many and full and your hardships few.

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  2. In sharing your gladness, you have spread it across the country.

    I am .so. glad for you both! What a joy to see two people so happy. Have a fantastic day, and I'll drink a toast to you and Kelley today.

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  3. Happy Birthday, Kelley! A Joyous celebration for you both. Cheers!

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  4. Thank you, all. The rain is drizzling down and outside it cool and grey. Inaide all is warmth and light and presents...

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  5. Happy Birthday Kelley! And since we're not all there to sing to you in person, listen to this version instead.

    I'm glad too.

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  6. thank you, all. We had a great day yesterday, getting a lot done as well as indulging ourselves in spectacular style :)

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  7. oops, happy belated birthday, Kelley.

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