Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Happy Birthday, Bro

My brother Alfred celebrates his 56th birthday today. Because he chides me, his older brother, about my advancing age, receding hairline and general uselessness at each birthday I celebrate, I thought I would return the favour, here, for everyone to see.

Actually, I can't say anything bad about him because he is a good man, a good father and husband and a good brother. He is happiest puttering around on his farm, riding with family or friends, and making music.

I enjoy the time we share on horseback. He and I bought our first horses in 1969 or so and have spent many happy hours riding together since then. I no longer own any horses myself, but he always has horses and land enough for all of us to enjoy.

I enjoy the time we share 'jamming,' he and I on guitar and his son Jessie on violin. Alfred and I remember fondly a Saturday night in St. Catharines, Ontario, over 40 years ago, when we, along with a friend of ours, performed at a YWCA conference. Imagine, several hundred teenage girls and three guys! Music has always been an important part of our lives.

Yes, we're all getting older. I still can't believe how quickly time has gone. Thanks, Al, for all the fun times over the years. I wish you many more healthy and happy years ahead.


  1. Das war wunderbar -Thanks! Alfred

  2. You're welcome! I am currently still in Panama City but will be heading off soon down the Pacific coast, ultimately to David, Boquete, etc. See you when I get back.