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AnotherMondayforMali: Birthday October 20, 2014

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.


Today is Mali’s birthday—well, it’s still Mali’s birthday here, but just past her birthday there—and if Mali lived in the northern hemisphere, perhaps right here in Parts West, she would be spending her birthday month changing her closets from one season to the next, and attending outdoor parties with lantern-lit haunted woods and bonfires of various size (and would again and again have to wash campfire smoke from her garments and hair), and visiting the haunted jailhouse where, after being followed too closely by the story-high monster with the red eyes and giant papier-mâché hands, she’d be not as surprised as one might think when said monster recognizes her husband, breaks character, and says, “Oh, hey, D—”, and maybe she’d like celebrating her birthday autumnally, but with Halloween and Samhain and the Day of the Dead so rapidly approaching, with the light so rapidly retreating, with Winter looming larger than the story-high monster, an October birthday here might feel too bittersweet, or perhaps even just bitter, after being a New Zealander and having this month mean spring and light and promise (and lambs?) and, soon enough, chardonnay on the deck.

Everything’s tilting, and we still haven’t had chardonnay together. Cheers, Mali! Happy birthday! Happy spring!



1. Helen - October 20, 2014

Oh, what a SPECTACULAR gift! Happy Birthday, Mali!

2. Mali - October 21, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a gift indeed. And now you have me wanting to spend my birthday in Parts West, as I have already spent birthdays in Thailand and London and Australia and India and the Philippines and South Africa and of course in New Zealand with spring and light and chardonnay. I love autumn – an autumn birthday sounds wonderful.

And now, as I type this, D is luring me out to the deck with a glass of chardonnay (I kid you not), and I’m preparing to cook lamb for dinner. (Oh wait … that’s not what you meant about lambs, is it? … )

indigobunting - October 21, 2014

It’s partly what I meant about the lambs. Truly.

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