Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy Birthday to...Me!

Today is an important birthday for me, though it is not what some might call my "belly button birthday."

I can tell you that I am grateful to God and for the friends who have helped me along the way. I am grateful for the fellowship to which we belong.

I can tell you that my writing--particularly my poetry--is what I have poured into the emptiness left behind.

It's good that we are not privileged to know the future. Had you told me 17 years ago what my life would be like today, I would not have gone through what I have to get here.

I can tell you that it is a sweet gift.

I can tell you that I would not trade my life today for anyone else's life.


Blogger Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday!

5:17 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...



That was fast work!

5:19 AM  
Blogger Andrew Shields said...

Happy Birthday! That reminds me that it is my niece's thirteenth today.

5:22 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Good Morning Andrew!

And thank you.

My best to your niece.

I thought I was the only one up at this hour of the morning--though (come to think of it) it must be early afternoon where you are.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Wow, I've never been to a birthday party at 5 am. Still haven't. I'm late but wishing you a very happy birthday (even though by your standards it's probably half over).

8:31 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Have(had?) a good one. Best wishes.

9:10 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

Happy Birthday.

I can say that I feel the same way most of the time now: that I wouldn't trade my life for anyone else's. Not even the difficult parts. That I actually want to live my life today is a miracle in itself.

5:42 PM  
Blogger C. Dale said...

Happy Birthday!

8:57 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

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4:14 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Thank you, Leslie, Nick, Jenni and C. Dale.

This is a difficult "birthday" to explain to people, unless they know someone who has been through this. or (J.!) have some direct personal experience with it. I have often had friends (particularly in the first couple of years--those who would still talk to me!) say "Congratulations! You must be so proud of yourself." and I have always had to answer, "Not really."

But grateful, yes. Once I figured out what might be possible and that life would be better, I've been grateful. At least when people would remind me to be grateful.

6:49 AM  
Blogger aka Leonardo Likes Gulls said...

A day late but with just as many good wishes.

Happy Birthday!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Happy birthday just a little late. Hope it was a terrific one!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

Hi Greg,
A belated congratulations on the 17 year anniversary. Yes, it's hard to explain to folks who have only been born once, and not twice as William James would say ( but not "born-again," thank god.) Your blog is a high point of my morning at the office when I fire up the computer.

10:16 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts.

Greg Rappleye

7:27 PM  

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