It has been my policy throughout my life to keep my birthday a private matter and not drawing any unnecessary attention to what is a random date which I happened to be born. Although I still adhere to this idea, I thought this year might be a good time to record a birthday, particularly as I am getting older and things are dramatically changing around me.
My parents are getting older and it looks likely that the family home in Torquay will be no more. On top of this, my youngest sister – Charlotte is very ill and has been unable to see her mother for sometime. Still, despite the changes, suffering and uncertainty, an inner core of ‘hope’ continues to survive and burn-though into the open! Although we live in a country – the rightwing Government of which – does not care for its people, we must continue to care for one another and fight the tyranny of Tory fascism! Yeterday saw Gee – my partner – and my daughters Mei-An and Kai-Lin – navigate the slingshots an arrows of destiny, and focus upon what the Chinese people might well call the ‘Dao of Happiness’.
Dad turned-up (is was 76 years old on the 26.5.2019), and before going out waving sat with Mum (who is now bedridden) and they talked about the old days, listened to music together, and eventually sat quietly. Mum gave me a large birthday card made from a family photograph we took recently – this card will soon be framed:
Mei-An gave a card with a grinning Chimp on it – although Kai-Lin actually handed it to me!
Rachel and Paul gave me a lovely hand-made birthday card and a ceramic Buddha-head (for burning oil) – which Kai-Lin thought looked like a sheep due to the curls of hair (which look like wool)!
When gathered together, all the cards were assembled in the foyer area by the frontdoor – Kai-Lin’s lovely card is to the right of the big card, with Gee’s equally wonderful card to the right of that:
Me and Gee then went out to raise the flag of the People’s Republic of Lugansk (LNR) in my parent’s front garden. This is a flag my mother – Diane Wyles – specially commissioned in the UK (as this design is difficult to find in the West):
Then, after a quick lunch, me and Gee took the children down to Paignton and the nearby beach where the sun was blazing: