Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Birthdays

There are a lot of December birthdays in our family. I've always thought it was kind of a rip to have a
December birthday, because so many people tend to clump December birthdays in with Christmas, so they sometimes get the shaft.
My old sister (she loves it when I call her that) had a birthday this week and we called her EARLY in the morning.
She normally doesn't get up that early, but she knows me and expects my call on her birthday.
This picture was taken in front of our house in Sloss Hollow.
It's the house we grew up in, and I've written about it often.
She always kept an eye on me. God help any kid that tried to bully me.
We lived in Indiana for a short while when I was in kindergarten and one winter day, a neighborhood bully pushed me down in the snow.
He felt he was entitled because he'd been bullying kids for most of his life.
Apparently he'd never run up on a spindly-legged girl from Alabama, because as he ran off after pushing me into a snowbank, she broke an icicle as thick as my arm off a nearby fence.
I'm sure fate, karma and some other unknown factors were at work, but when she chunked that icicle at him, it arced like it had a bully-seeking device embedded somewhere in the ice.
The trajectory was perfect and it knocked him face first into the snow. I thought for a moment she'd killed him.  We didn't hang around to find out.
A few days later we saw him. He was walking a little funny, but he gave my sister a lot of room on the sidewalk, and he never bothered me again.
Happy birthday to all December babies.


  1. Anonymous10:12 PM

    I hope your sister had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  2. Great story! Happy Birthday to your sister!

  3. Great story Rick, I hope your sister had a wonderful Birthday :)

  4. Aw, happy birthday to your sister! I love how my older brother and I will fight and pick at each other constantly, but we always have each other's backs around everyone else.
    We have two December birthdays in our family, which is bad because we also have Christmas. The other bad month for us is July, with three birthdays plus 4th of July. The fun just never stops during that month!

  5. Hi Rick,
    I always loved reading about memories. We all human beings have so many different stories to tell and share and we all could connect to each other with the fundamental human emotions. They are same.. Be it a story of a protective older sister or a lovely young and caring brother who never forgets to call his sister for a lovely birthday wish...Life is lovely!!

  6. A late happy birthday to your sister.
    Just what bullies need. : )
    My grandfather died many years ago but his birthday was the 24th!!

  7. Happy Birthday ;Ricks Old Sister, a true Sagittarian .... from one who knows.

  8. I keep telling my brother's that sister's are awesome!!

    My granddaughter's birthday is today so I make sure her gift is wrapped in birthday paper and her family all celebrate her birthday regardless of the Christmas holiday. All December people should have it that way!


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