A Friend’s Birthday 

He would have been a year older today. My daddy always jokes that, “A year older is better than the alternative.” Today, that is no laughing matter. I’d give anything to have my friend back. He was like a brother to me, and I could tell him anything. He may have been younger than me, but he was wise beyond his years. I could always turn to him for advice. I have felt so much sadness for the loss of a friend. I have felt lost without him. He would have been one year older today, but instead he is in Paradise, and while we may mourn, he can look down on us and smile.
Last year at this time I was struggling financially without a job and not knowing when the money would run out. I couldn’t afford to buy him a birthday gift. I could only get him a card. Even though he was just as happy with only a card, I’d told him I’d make it up to him at Christmas. Of course, I never had that opportunity.

He was always so kind and giving to me that I hated that I couldn’t do so in return.

I’m just glad that I had him as a friend and could give him the kind of love he deserved.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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