Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Birthday!

My way cool big brother turns 40 today.

40. It has such a nice ring to it.

Can you hear that ring, Bryan, or do we need to speak a little LOUDER for you?

Here's a picture of him doing his cool SEAL stuff. It's from one of the several books he's either photographed in, or quoted in, or his life is portrayed in. His coolness overwhelms me.

And here's a picture when we were innocent, little babes. He looks so sweet. I look somewhat frightened.

Maybe he had just whispered something dastardly in my ear like, "Melissa, I let the cat lick your passie..."

Totally wouldn't put it past him.

When I was in junior high, I had a friend spend the night and, as she and I were going on and on about the cuteness of Brad Small and how we totally thought we could do the dance from "Thriller" as well if not better than any of the actual dancers on the video. (Shout out to you Michael Jackson) Bryan and a friend had snuck into my closet through the attic and recorded our ridiculous conversation. Probably using my Sony SPORTS Walkman which Bryan totally hijacked from me the day after I got it. Not bitter, totally not bitter.

Anyway, he threatened to play the most embarrassing recording over the loudspeakers at Klein High School if we didn't pay him five dollars.

You've never seen money change hands so quickly.

It wasn't until years later, that I was actually making the morning announcements at my high school in the P.A. closet with the fortified steel door and six locks, that I realized he was probably bluffing. I mean, it was way before 9-11 but Mr. Middlestadt ran a pretty tight ship.

As paybacks are sometimes a long time a'comin', I may or may not have called Bryan's C.O. to make sure his 40th birthday is properly celebrated by all the men in his command.

Anyway, since he's 40 and all, I was thinking of all the things I hope to do by the time I'm 40 (which is years and years away). Jump out of an airplane, survive raising a teenager, travel around the world, and live in a place where it's 130 degrees in the summer. Ok, maybe not that last one but, my stinky brother has done them all.


Is there anything you want to do before your turn 40, or 50, or 80, or 30? And, since he's on the other side of the world and you can't very well call him, (I would totally give you his number if you could) would you please join me in wishing him a happy 40th birthday!!!

Happy Birthday, Bryan! You are loved beyond measure!!!


Henley on the Horn said...

Happy Birthday, Bryan!!! I would love to go back to the place where we honeymooned before I turn 50... I'm not 40 yet, but I just don't see us being able to do it with childcare, etc. before 50! I knew a neat woman who toured the 50 states before she turned 50 & now she's working on the 7 continents. I think that is fun too... but it feels like I'd have to do a lot of traveling between 40 & 50 since it's hard to leave with little ones!

Happy Birthday to your brilliant brother!!!!

Sue said...

Happy 40th to your big brother. It starts downhill after 40 I can tell ya - hee hee ;-)

Isn't it great being the baby of the family too? I remember when my older sisters turned 40... I rubbed it in like nobody's business knowing that even when I made it to 40, they were heading into 50 territory!! hee hee (said with devilish grin).

I hope your brother knows how much you love him and respect him (and forgive him for those past abuses - lol)

Deidra said...

Happy Birthday, Bryan! I always wanted a big brother. Lucky you!

Let's see...before I turn 50 I'd like to ride in a hot air balloon and travel to Germany to see where I was born.

Anonymous said...

Thanks...By the way, I still have the tape! Love you, B.

Cole said...

Happy Birthday to your awesome brother!

pendy said...

Happy Birthday, Bryan, and THANKS for your service.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Bryan! Thanks for doing what you do for our great country! May God richly bless you and yours!!

bill hill said...

Very proud of you. Happy Birthday !
From your sister's father-in-law.

happygeek said...

Happy Birthday Brian!
I LOVE that he still has the tape. Or that he's messing with you from afar. Either way, he is performing his older sibling duties extraordinarily well.

Before I turn 40 I want to learn how to play a sport well enough so I can play with my sons and my hubby. Currently, I duck whenever I see a ball and I'd love to be able to actually play with them.

Process Mapping Blog said...

Glad the card and package arrrived on your birthday. I know your loving sister sent one along and it may arrive before you head home. For her 40th we will post the picture of her reading the newspaper! (that one is worth far more than $5, we are betting a lovely retirement home)

Love to you both,
Maxine and DAD

Kim said...

Feliz CumpleaƱos to Bryan!!!

Love hearing your funny stories about him. He sounds like an amazing big brother!

Grateful for Grace said...

OOh rah! Happy 40th!

Sitesx6 said...

Happy Birthday Stinky Brother Bryan!

God bless you and keep you safe and sound.

Thank you so very very much for serving our country!

Kelly in Michigan