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happy birthday (and christmas) david!


dave, i love that i cannot hear acdc without thinking of high-school you, your old blue truck and the mullet you sported. and then i think of your truck catching on fire -woops- and your replacement cars, first the 280zx, shortly followed by the geo metro whose bumper you "sewed" back together with big metal wire/staples, instead of just getting a new one after it was ripped off. i love your intense frugality and the incredible (although sometimes unsightly) solutions you come up with in order to save. the incessant "guess what? i love you!" game you played with little boy bobby still makes me smile. i cannot believe, but dearly love and am secretly jealous, that with a little soldering you turned a bike into a unicycle and legitimately taught yourself how to ride it all over our bumpy dirt roads. you are so quick to give a full, hearty laugh at my jokes and stories and that alone makes me love you forever. yes, you once rocket-launched me across the entire front room when i refused to get out of your way, but you also didn't yell at me when i borrowed your white shorts and then ruined an entire load of all your new clothes with the tube of lipstick i left in the pocket. it is amazing and so impressive that with a full family you went back to college, worked like mad and officially revealed that you're an engineering genius. i still can't believe you and erin have SIX kids, but i love the happy chaos and love that rules your home and how you are all just perfect together. when i was about 6 years old you pulled me out of too-deep water in a friend's pool just as i was about to start panicking for air. i was so relieved and grateful to have you as an older brother at that moment, and the feeling has stuck. happy (late) birthday dave. i love you.

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I shouldn't comment on your precious post to your brother, but I couldn't resist saying, how much I LOVE the old pics. They SCREAM Katie!! Hope that you are doing well and had a Great Christmas!

December 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

How well you capture slices of our family, Kate! David influenced all of us in his quiet, solid way... and still does. Thanks for your birthday tributes, Kate. They mean a lot to all of us! Love ya.

December 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Oh my gosh, I forgot to call Dave on Christmas! I am thankful for blogs. I am very glad you started your blog, it makes me feel closer to the whole family. You are a fabulous writer (I know I've told you that lots) I secretly can't wait for my birthday so I can read my birthday ode. (no pressure)

December 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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