I'll sing for you
If you want me to
I'll give to you
And it's a chance I'll have to take
-Luna by the Pumpkins (I just like it)
Jesse and his cute sister Caraline.
Trevor and me.
Jesse spoon-feeding Trevor.
Good times...Thom, Suzanne and Aubs.
Hope you had a great Birthday Jesse!!
Today is Jesse’s birthday! Jess is now twenty-five, and I feel very lucky to have had him as a part of my life for two and a half of those years. Our friendship was first nested in the lovely apartments of The Lodges at Glenwood (an eloquent apartment complex on the west side of Provo, Utah). Through the whip cream games in the parking lot, Christmas Sweater parties in Bountiful, Spring BBQ’s with the guys and the most strategic food fight the west side has ever seen, we became friends to last.
Now here we are, two and a half years later, and these are just a few of many things I know and love about Jesse. Jesse loves spicy chicken wings, and BBQ food in the summer time. In fact, he just loves summer!
Jess can always make people around him laugh, and when him and his friends get together there is no stopping their clever wit and amusing personalities. I’m crazy about his guitar playing and when I get to watch him and his friend’s jam. Jesse is charming and personable. One of my favorite stories that he has told me is of a time when he was little, and he told his mom that he didn't want to be called honey or sweetie anymore. She asked him, well then what would you like to be called? Very seriously he responded, "I don't know. Maybe, like awesome cool dude."
Murphy is probably one of the most important parts of Jesse’s life. Murph has seen Jesse through everything and has loved him still the same. Best friends until the end…Murphy and Jesse are two of a kind. They love taking walks down to the park, and Murph will bark at the ducks. Never has a boy loved his dog so much, and I am not just saying that as a writers touch, it is very true. Murph somehow becomes a part of every song that Jesse sings, many jokes he makes, and a good majority of the stories Jesse loves. Oh little murph.
So Jesse, I want to say happy birthday and in the words of Michael Jackson,
“You can shout out all you want to cause (it’s your birthday!) there ain’t no sin in folks all getting loud! If you take the chance and do it, then there ain’t no one who’s gonna put you down (cause its your birthday!) cause we’re the party people night and day (cause it’s your birthday!), living crazy that’s the only way!”
Here's a question: what if life were perfect? Fair to say, certain aspects of it would probably be different...I would be a size zero, a good four to five inches taller, never face the torture of a bad hair day, and no matter what the day, place or time, always look idealistic. Academically, my transcripts would be nothing short of a steady stream of A's and no subject would cause me any amount of extra stress. I would never have to scrape ice off my windshield in the bitter cold of a winter morning, my breath would always smell minty fresh, and all my outfits would not only be completely adorable but also ridiculously comfortable. My future would be written out for me in plain and simple words and would include elements of your good read, the entertaining novel, inspiring success story, and girlish fairytale...all combined to make up the book of my perfect life.
But let’s be real. I'm surely not a size zero. I'm only 5'2". I am, in fact, having a bad hair day today, my breath smells gross when I wake up, Mother Nature makes sure the ice is on my windshield every morning and my transcripts are, unfortunately, not all A's. I know my life is not going to be anything like the novels or the fairytale, but here's the thing, the reason why I feel the urge to blog today and that is—I like it just the way it is.
Yesterday I soaked so long in a pool of self pity that my skin began to wrinkle. I felt sad. I dramatically came to the conclusion not to try anymore. It’s a stupid attitude and one should never succumb to it, but I did. But, fortunately, today was a new day. I got up, and decided that really…there is only so much that is in my control! And as for the stuff that I cannot navigate just the way I want, I’m just going to have some faith. So, here is my shout out to the world (or the few charming people who read my blog)--Life should be ebullient! Just do what you can. Do what is right, and seriously…it doesn’t have to be perfect.