It’s here. Today is the day.
The day I have been waiting for…
Today is my 50th Birthday.
Some history (date, place, time):
- September 12,1966
- Jacksonville Arkansas USAF Base Hospital
- 12:55pm (5 minutes before my favorite, now discontinued soap opera All My Children)
Fast forward 50 years…
- September 12, 2016
- All Faiths Cemetery, Queens NY
As it should be.
I kissed the “o” in his first name, as I always do.
I heard Anthony’s voice all day today. While I was doing my morning Yoga, drying my hair, leaving the house.
His voice, clear as crystal, “Happy Birthday Ma.”
Kissing me quick he would give me a huge bear hug and then run off. Busy as usual.
I was never “Mom.”
“Anthony, thank you so much for giving me a Happy Birthday. I am so glad I got to turn 50 with you. I miss you today and every day.”
The tears come quickly. Luciano gets uncomfortable when I cry, so I try to hold it back as much as I can.
He and I leave the cemetery soon after. I have a few errands to run and he is along for the ride.
My birthday is complete. Done and done.
Onto the next chapter.