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Torch Bearers

April 30, 2011


Today was one of those Fridays that I couldn’t wait to end. An early morning trip to the flower market was suddenly aborted when I realized I’d left my iPhone in the cab I’d taken there from Union Station. Happily, after an impromptu jog from the mart back to the station, the phone was found in the cab’s backseat where I’d left it: lucky me! But that bit of lunacy set the day off on a bad course and petty mishaps started piling up. Not so petty, I’d completely forgotten that today was Paul’s birthday: loser me! Graciously accepting an apologetic call, Paul handled my lapse with aplomb … after 30-plus years we don’t really do much for each other’s birthdays, but still. Mercifully, the day finally ended and I made it home again. It was still light out and we decided to spend the birthday right here. Why rush out again, and leave the aloes in birthday bloom at the front door?


Aloes street-side have put on a boisterous display of birthday fireworks. Bristling with color, they seem to be in a rush to join the party.


Offering a more stately — and golden — salute to the birthday guy, these aloes have risen to the occasion from their base in the built-in bed.


Tiger striped leaves and tubular blooms in deep coral blush, this shy little aloe tries to blend in with a tomato red pot. This particular aloe has never bloomed before; perfect party timing!

Happy birthday!

Enjoying all the birthday attention in the garden, Paul is joined by those who look up to him with squirmy and undivided fervor: Frito and Inky. Paul’s 67 years-old today, which for me is hard to believe; seeing his smile and hearing him say how happy being in our garden makes him causes all the day’s craziness to fade away.

Happy birthday, Paul! We love you.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    April 30, 2011 5:38 am

    Happy birthday, Paul! Lookin’ good! You AND the aloes!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 1, 2011 4:40 am

      Thanks, Mrs. Monstera … always nice to hear from you!

  2. Guida Quon permalink
    April 30, 2011 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday to Paul.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 1, 2011 4:40 am

      Thanks, Guida… how’d your garden tour go?

  3. April 30, 2011 4:28 pm

    Happy Birthday, Paul!

  4. April 30, 2011 5:20 pm

    Joining the others with birthday wishes for Paul…and an understanding nod of the head for you when you say ” one of those Fridays that I couldn’t wait to end”

  5. Sheeba permalink
    April 30, 2011 6:27 pm

    Many Happy returns of the day dearest Paul!!
    Reuben…been there done that:)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 1, 2011 4:39 am

      Awww, thanks, Sheeba! I hear you guys are going to China next … who knew Coco would be a globetrotter at such an early age?!

  6. May 1, 2011 2:12 am

    Happy Birthday to Paul !..But where is the Sinatra Hat ?

    And that 1st pic?..oooh la la , love the pot, love the site, love the blooms.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 1, 2011 4:37 am

      This was a rare hat-less Paul pic! … can you believe I almost gave those three-legged pots away?! I love ’em now

  7. Jim Krueger permalink
    May 1, 2011 4:53 pm

    Forgetting Paul’s birthday. Well you more than made up for it with this post. “Why rush out again, and leave the aloes in birthday bloom at the front door?” You are really good! And I am so happy Paul found you; or you found him. Paul has always been gracious. And tho I have not seem him in probalbly 40 years I cannot imagine he has changed. Again; well played.

    Jim Krueger, Chicago IL

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 1, 2011 5:36 pm

      Jim, thanks for a great comment… From what Paul has told me about you you’re pretty gracious yourself. Take care, Reuben

  8. May 2, 2011 7:50 pm

    Dear Paul, I hope you had a most splendid birthday — and how could you not, with Reuben at RR?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 2, 2011 8:42 pm

      We had a great (low-key) celebration, befitting our advanced years. ; )

  9. June 9, 2011 1:29 am

    I take from the expressions, Frito and Inky are not so fond of the camera. I think that’s a chi thing. Mine would rather I didn’t, thank you.

    You guys are inspirational in so many ways!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 9, 2011 3:02 am

      Thanks, again.. and congratulations! You’re my new favorite reader…

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