The Wheel of Life Is Made of Bits of Birth, Living and Death

I had titled this post, My Piano Man’s Unbirthday, for it was meant to focus on our celebration of his upcoming 45th.

I was going to tell you how powerful, proud and earthy I felt when I walked out to our potted terrace garden to pick a pepper for his unbirthday breakfast. There is something magically wondrous about being able to have a little hand in Nature’s harvest, isn’t there? I have been smiling for days, thinking about posting the picture of this beauty, with the caption: “Yep, my Wicked Luvs, this is from our garden!”
Then I woke up this morning and noticed that Robin Williams traveled to the Summerlands. I am still very happy about the gift offered by our pepper plant… I still smile when I think of how happy my Piano Man looked enjoying his unbirthday meals…

…but I’m also sorrowful about the loss of a mind that brought much richness to our time.

I don’t usually follow what happens in the media. But Robin Williams’ performance in What Dreams May Come brought me back from a rather ugly place after the first major loss of my life. The character made me appreciate the artist, and the comfort I got from the movie gave the individual a wee place in my heart. He will be missed… May his soul find joy and color and laughter and every good dream he hoped for in life.

My Piano Man will have another unbirthday celebration in a week or so. You see, he will be busy up to his sexy neck—conducting The Wizard of Oz, bringing smiles to others—on the day of the anniversary of his birth. So I thought he should have two (perhaps three) celebrations to make up for it. The Wheel of Life is made up of bits of birth, living and death, and it’s up to us to make the living part count for all it’s worth.

Happy Unbirthday, my Piano Man—my husband (I like typing that)—may all your wishes come true… You are loved, wanted and celebrated each moment of my living. ♥

37 comments:

  1. Love. (My witch niece-in-law calls hers husbeast.)

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    1. Ha! This could only get more perfect if he calls her beautwife, lol!

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  2. Ah, the classics.... :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdsZT7WKjW8

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  3. a light lost to a struggle it could not win.

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    1. Indeed... Sometimes, letting go is the only answer...

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  4. Happy unbirthday Piano Man! And thank you for the joy you bring to others

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  5. Happy un-Birthday Piano Man! Thanks for making our Magaly happy!

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    1. He is so very good at it. I will pass the message along. ;-D

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  6. Happy Happiest UnBirthday Piano Man. I rejoice in your joining with Magaly and that you share such a wonderous life together. It's a blessing to know that there is just happiness.
    And to the passing of Robin Williams, sad and a moment for all of us to look to those we know who are hurting and pass along an extra encouragement, hug, or ear to listen. Not that that would have changed the outcome, only that it couldn't have hurt either.
    xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. It is a blessing indeed. You always told me to be patient, that when Fate found mine, she would point him my way. Goodness, I had no idea he was going to be this perfect. Blessing and then some.

      About Robin... I think you are correct.

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  7. To Magaly's Husband and Piano Man - A Very Merry UnBirthday, to you, to you !!!!! *dances round lounge singing in crazy voice*. Have the bestest of days and look forward to more Magaly planned UnBirthdays to come :D

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    1. *joins in the crazy singing and throws some moves, too*

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  8. Beautiful, beautiful words Witchy woman....your husband is truly blessed to have you in his life (and he knows it) :D XXX

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    1. I think we both do. It must be the reason why we are always giggling like fools. :-D

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  9. Enjoy all the unbirthday celebrations now and to come!

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    1. I will make sure there are multiple enjoyments. *grin*

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  10. I'm guessing you and Piano Man are a match/force to be reckoned with ~ a good thing! I am also mourning the loss of a man who made me laugh, made me cry, made me better. Rest in peace, Robin.

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    1. Fate was crafty and generous when she put us in each other's paths, methinks.

      Dearest Robin touched so many lives. I felt a bit silly for feeling so devastated by his passing. Then I gave myself a mental slap and remembered that we don't have to meet a person for their words and actions to become important to our living.

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  11. Happy Unbirthday to your Piano Man! We have a birthWEEK in my household now, rather than just a birthDAY. It takes the pressure off a single day, in case life gets in the way, or something happens to spoil things a little. :)

    Robin Williams' death was such a sad shock! If only he could have known the global outpouring of love there would be for him... perhaps he could have hung on long enough to get some help. :( I want to see 'What Dreams May Come' again now. Also 'The Birdcage' and 'Dead Poet's Society'.

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    1. We should probably steal your birthWEEK idea. It's practical and fun, and we're all about that.

      It's weird. What you say about how he might have been able to hold on if he knew how the world felt about him is so obvious (after I read your words). I can't believe the thought hadn't even crossed my mind. So weird...

      I, too, find myself wanting to watch ever movie by him...

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  12. Happy unbirthday to Piano Man, and what a gorgeous harvest feast for him too! I feel that Robin Williams death is hitting everyone very hard, much harder than any other celebrity death in recent memory. He was truly a remarkable man. We watched Mrs. Doubtfire during dinner here the day before he passed! It was such a shock!

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    1. I will give my Piano Man your message. ;-)

      When someone so amazing leaves us in such a way, well, yes... shock. Pure and sharp.

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  13. I always forget my unbirthdays. Hell, I forget the birthday too, most of the time. Happy Unbirthday Piano Man!

    I am still gutted over the Robin Williams thing. Blubbering like a weirdo over here.

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    1. I think we all start forgetting after a while. Such a pity, missing the cake and the tea and all.

      I was just telling a friend that I felt a bit ridiculous for feeling so hurt over the death of a man I never met. I guess we can be blubbering weirdos together.

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  14. Such a beautiful post.

    A very merry unbirthday to your husband :)

    I'm deeply saddened by the tragic news....he ended his suffering the only way he knew how and my heart breaks a little each time I think of what he must have gone through. He'll be remembered and loved for an eternity <3

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    1. The unbirthday boy is napping right now. He seems to be enjoying his birthweek to no end. ;-)

      It is so sad to think of what might be in a person's soul when letting go of everything is the only solution. He'll be remembered and loved, indeed.

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  15. Happy Birthday to your husband. Joy and sorrow sometimes live side by side in a day. I hope his was wonderful, despite our sad news.

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    1. We didn't find out until after his celebration. Small gifts are always giving to those who look, I say...

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  16. Happy almost birthday, Pianoman! You are doing the right thing, celebrating for as long/many times as you can.

    Congratulations on your harvest. Yes, there is really something special about harvesting ones own garden. I miss our tomatoes and zucchini this year.

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    1. I will make sure he gets your wishes. ;-)

      And I miss tomatoes every year. I'm hoping to plant some next year!

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  17. The sad thing is, he didn't know this was here. Or, if he did, he didn't understand it was for him and that he'd earned it and deserved it. All this out-poured love and affection and hope and sweet nostalgia, let behind.The parkinson's diagnosis must have been a terrible shattering blow, to something what was already brittle. So sad.

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    1. There are always those bits of cliché flying around the living stories of the world: things like, "If you love someone, show them" and "Don't believe that they know how you feel even if it's obvious to all" and "Even if they already know you love them and they matter, tell them often" and so many other non-cliché feelings which would save so many lives if we only remembered to use them/share them as often as possible. So sad, indeed...

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  18. I just wrote you a comment? Where did it go?
    Here I am again ;o)
    I wanted to tell you, I love you Magaly and I Love this post! Please hold your husband close and tell him, I love him too ;o)
    Your garden food is so yummy!
    Robin's death still makes me sad, especially how he went. So alone and sad! I hope he is laughing and dancing!
    xoxoxox

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    1. I just squeezed him a bit. So he knows he's loved. :-)

      Gosh, poor Robin indeed. I guess I had already thought about his loneliness, but I didn't quite think about how truly alone he was right before he let go. Poor man. I add my hope to yours. May he dance with angels...

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