In all the preparations for the big birthday bash I have forgotten one thing: my birthday post for Richard. So I am leaving the packing station for a moment to compose a few words to Richard, on his birthday. But before I do so – did you watch Richard’s hilarious birthday video? The good man – he has given *us* a gift on *his* birthday. Watch closely and watch til the end. Here it comes.
So, our birthday present has already been received. By Richard, that is, not LOROS (as payment will only process over the next few days).
Before you get too excited as the number is bigger than what I let on – Richard has kindly also included his own contribution in that number, and may also be acknowledging separate donations to LOROS in this impressive sum. But well, we definitely have a chunk in that, and once the funds are in my account and the postage costs have been identified, I will give you the full total.
But now – back to birthday boy. I am sending this message out into the universe to him:
it is hard to believe that you are turning 50 today. And that says it all! Age – just a number. It doesn’t say much about *who* you are and *what* you are. You are defined not by your date of birth, but by your achievements. From the successful career you have built, the talent you have honed, the experiences you have had in your life, the opinions you have formed, the friendships you have made, the people you have reached, the person you have become. I see a caring, funny, kind, humble, decent, articulate, talented, fascinating man with a hunger for artistic growth and expression.
Your birthday video – first production by White Boar Films? – resonated with me on many levels. I so agree with you that birthdays really should be celebrating the people who brought us into the world. Let’s face it, *they* had much more work on that occasion than ourselves. Especially our mothers. Also, like you, I missed a parent on *my* 50th birthday, something I had never expected. (My dad also died at the age of 74, like your mum.) However, our late parents are always with us, thanks be to DNA 😉.
But leaving sadness behind, your birthday is a reason to celebrate. Hope you have had a good day today – and many more such to come. I wish you all the best. May your next project always be your favourite, may you only have good encounters, and may that curiosity never run out. And now that you are fifty – heck, go wild, Richard. Now is the time to get that tattoo, dye your hair purple, blast gangsta rap from your car with the windows rolled down, learn how to sky-dive, wear those orange jeans, and generally behave as old as you *feel*, not as you are. *You* will never be old!
Go easy on the cup cakes, and I hope you gave Orcrist a good wipe-down.
Lots of love,