If we’ve learned anything these past few years, it’s to seize as much joy out of our days as we can.
And nobody carpes their diem more than our nephew Mr. Traveain Finley.
He held court in his backyard and received his guests like an emperor, accepting greetings, wishes, hugs and presents with regal charm. His sister Tracy and her husband Sebastian came all the way from Atlanta to surprise him, which might have been the best gift of all.
Grandma Thelma, who still fishes regularly at the age of 93 (and looks so young I think maybe we all should take up fishing), kept a careful eye on the festivities. Her daughter (Traveian’s mother) Shara, an excellent cook, made enough ribs to feed the whole county and, by the end of the night, it seemed like the whole county had shown up to help Traveain celebrate his big day.
The man has spent each of the 12,775 days leading up to his bash wrapped in a cocoon of love from all of his parents, grandmas, siblings, nieces and nephews, godparents, cousins, friends and the waiter at his favorite Wednesday night crab restaurant. And, for each of those days, he also has been generous in sending that love right back out.
So, here’s to Traveain, the music man, lover of nice shoes, rich desserts, big parties, Starbucks runs, family, surprise visits, Serena Williams, chocolate, chair yoga, short road trips and life!
May this year be your happiest yet.