Today is Groundhog Day!*
Here are some things* I notice about that image* (which I found online, here):
- There’s a misspelling in a newspaper.*
- An animal can act at least three ways* that a human* might not expect.
- That story* assumes the hero is a “he.”
- I can’t tell what country that noozpaper is from, which reminds me that Groundhog Day is celebrated in the countries* of the USA (my home) AND Canada (the home of many of my readers).
- G. is an abbreviation for the word “Ground.”*
- Readers* of that noozpaper want to know “will he or won’t he.”
There are many more ways I could riff on that opening image,* but I think it’s time to do my job, on February 2, 2015.
What is my job, today? As I see it, to write a post somehow celebrating
- Groundhog Day,
- an exciting Super Bowl game here in the USA,
- my birthday,
- having my birthday off from work,
- and many more.
Today, I considered other titles for this post, including:
- “Don’t panic!“
- “Do Your Job,”
- “Six more weeks* of what?!?!,“
- “How to Train Your Draggin’,”
- “I Love Michael,”
- and many more.
So why did I choose “And many more” as the title for this post? The primary reason* is that “And many more” is what people say, in my neck of the woods, * after they wish somebody a Happy Birthday.
From the Wikipedia page about the song Happy Birthday to You:
It is traditional, among English-speakers, that at a birthday party, the song “Happy Birthday to You” be sung to the birthday person by the other guests celebrating the birthday. More specifically, the birthday person is traditionally presented with a birthday cake with lit candles, with the number of candles sometimes corresponding to the age of the person. After the song is sung (usually just once), party guests sometimes add wishes like “And many more!” expressing the hope that the birthday person will enjoy a long life.
Speaking of “the hope that a birthday person will enjoy a long life,” that’s a wish* that’s been expressed on this blog, especially lately.
Here’s a conversation* I had with Michael, my boyfriend, right before I sat down to write this post:*
Me: Michael, do you think I’m going to make it to my 63rd birthday next year?
Michael (incredulous pause): Of course!
Me: But, Michael! We were just talking about how you* think it’s likely I’m going to need heart surgery before the summer! There’s a part of me that’s afraid that heart surgery might kill me.
Michael: You’ll live a long life, baby (or words to that effect*).
Michael has been right about lots of things.* So, now I know.
I am very grateful for Michael.
I’ve got these photos* to show you, regarding “and many more”…
Here’s to many more chocolates (thanks to my friend, Jeanette).
Here’s to many more photos of Oscar staring at me while I’m blogging, every morning.
Here’s to many more snowstorms near Boston, USA (%$#!!@#!!*).
Here’s to other things I’m grateful for, on 2/2/2015*:
- My son, Aaron, soon to turn 17.
- My family of origin, including my sister and my late parents.
- My other family members, including the members of my ex’s family.
- My friends, including Jeanette.*
- My upcoming trip with Aaron to California.*
- My work doing therapy with individuals and groups.*
- WordPress, as the platform for my blog.*
- All those who have ever visited this blog.*
- Music (whether it be jazz, blues, pop, or classical)*
- And many more.
Here’s today’s song:
From Arizona, it’s several classical renditions of “Happy Birthday” (found here, among many more videos on YouTube.)
As Nicole Pesce says, at the end of that video, “I need a break after that one.” So, I’m going back to bed to keep recovering from the flu.
Many thanks to every person, animal, and thing that helped me compose this post.* And thank YOU — of course! — for visiting here today*.
* … and many more (?)