Saturday, August 22, 2009

36

Detaching from the wall, the shadow slithers fluidly into position like a coiling cobra, fang extending toward the morning's prey. Eyes rake the terrain, studying the movements of the target, measuring breaths and intentions. Swift and without sound, his weapon moves to ready, fingers bring tension building up to release...pwfst...simultaneously two projectiles slam into his shoulder and forehead leaving him silently screaming, sprawled across the table, sinking back into the darkness...

You realise if you guys keep shooting each other with paper balls out of your straws we will probably get kicked out of the restaurant.

Boys giggle, my head stirring as I crack an eyelid to peer around the room at the growing silence and gasping stares.

Today I turn 36.

I am acting my age.

Why is it that the older we get the less we play? As a kid our minds are cracked wide open with imagination, but adulthood seems an exercise in sewing it shut, one stitch at a time. It seems to be happening younger and younger...

My birthday wish for you, take time today to play.

Play kick ball.

Find pictures in the clouds.

Blow bubbles.

Go have fun.

42 comments:

Lorraine said...

Happy birthday sweetie '36' well it's a great age, especially when one is as astute as you. Play, have fun and report it all back to us xxx

Goofball said...

happy birthday! Keep acting your age ;)....my nephew and my niece turned 4 this weekend. I'll act my age at their birthday parties :)

Let's have a party! Let's have fun

Alan Burnett said...

Happy birthday Brian. I will take your wish and do the nest I can with it.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Happy Birthday - may you get everything you wish for!

Daniel said...

Done. Smiles.

Gaston Studio said...

Happy birthday Brian!

You're so right. We forget how to play as we grow older.

Wings said...

Good words of advice! I think we have some good playtime going on here. Even though I continually get my ass whooped in Mario Kart! Doh!

Happy Birthday, Brian!

Leah said...

Happiest of birthdays to you Brian! I am 39 and I find that the older I get, the more I play. A nice rule to live by.

Have a wonderful day with your home folks!

Kathleen said...

I've never stopped feeling about 12 years old inside! Outside, well that's a different story.
Have a perfectly delightful birthday, Brian.
May it be filled with silliness and giggles and love.

Cheers!

darsden said...

Happy Birthday hope you have a wonderful day..you are a youngster :-))

Poetikat said...

Happy Birthday to you! How typical of your generous nature to deflect your own celebration and tell US to have fun!
Enjoy your day. Enjoy your family. Be a kid today (and stay a bit of a kid, always).

Kat

Beth said...

Happy Birthday! I'll shoot some spit balls at my husband later today in your honor.

The Retired One said...

Awwww..happy Birthday Brian!
I will remember it because you share birthdays with my first born daughter (who turns 34 today) God, do I feel OLD NOW!
You will never stop playing because the talent you possess with your writing is ageless and it can bring you back to your childhood in an instant (which I already see you are able to do)!
I am sure your family will shower you with love and spoil you today.
As it should be.
Enjoy!!!
We are all happy your mom and dad decided to bring you to this earth to share your beautiful writing with the rest of us...

Brian Miller said...

ha. thanks for the birthday love. working most of the day...ugh! but plan on some fun this evening!

Otin - when you show up...i worked shadows into this one too...just for you!

@Lorraine - most definitely!

@Goffball - have a great time at the parties!

@Alan - look forward to hearing all about it!

@travel - one of those blenders you were talking about the other week...

@daniel - lol.

@gaston - its never too late...

@wings - lol. mario kart gets me too...

@leah - the best way to live

@kathleen - lol. a fun age to relive over and over again!

@darsden - young at heart...

@poetikat - staying a kid...i refuse to grow up...

@beth - just make sure you leave my name out of it...lol.

Brian Miller said...

@retired one - blushing now...lol. happy birthday to your daughter as well! if she is anything like her mom...smiles.

subtorp77 said...

HA! We both still do the straw paper thing! I'll never grow up. And I was out to-day cloud surfing--yeeessss! Happy birthday, kiddo!

JeffScape said...

Never too old for spitballs!

Pastor Sharon said...

Happy Birthday, Brian! How appropriate that I am actually playing and bringing out my inner child on your birthday as you wished.

We are going to a G.I. Joe themed birthday party this evening for the cutest little guy! It's going to be fun.

otin said...

You are lucky that I don't have a male neighbor named "Bubbles"!
LMAO! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

HAPPY BIRTH(each)Day!

Pay heed to Brian's advise posted this day
It is in Celebration of His Birthday
Play we must, to know the joy of life
Splendor to discover beyond momentary strife
I look to the sky and the wondering day and night
And find the playful universe of dark and light
And when a child in joyful laughter be
Be yet the fun, yet the glee
Age is a notion we choose to possess
One for the body, one for the spirit, and the one for happiness
Ageless be the playful heart
When with each day a smile to start!


Fun filled HAPPY BIRTHDAY returns!

Rose Marie
APOGEE Poet

Baino said...

Happy birthday Brian. You're never too old to play. Although I'll pass on the spit balls and just blow bubbles in a milkshake!

Hit 40 said...

Happy Birthday! Smear cake all over your face :-)

Vodka Mom said...

happy birthday. Now I'm off to catch some fireflies....

Ronda Laveen said...

I wish you fun and birthday wishes as well. 36? I can barely remember what my life was like that long ago. We sent you the strongest of birthday wishes during the meditation today. You should have a good one. May your celebration last for a week.

Cindybrown said...

Happy Birthday you young thing:) Enjoy!!!

e said...

36 was a great year for me. I hope it is the same for you!

♥ Braja said...

You young pup :)
Dammit Brian, I loved the seriousness and impending violence of the opener, only to learn it was THOSE TWO again :)) lol
xo

Tom said...

these famous words: "You're in a restaurant, act like it!"
Have fun, Happy BDay

Mariana Soffer said...

Congratulations, happy birthday my friend, I never thought you d reach me but you did made it in the end, (I am also you age), I never thought about the fact that if I do or do not act my age, I guess I might seem older than what I am, I can be to serious, but If you look at me every body thinks I am 10 years less, or even more. I should start acting like a kid and everything will match for the people that see me.
Take care and do not act your age, act younger it funnier and better.

Otin said...

Hope that you are having a good birthday, eat a lot of cake, you are still in your 30's CELEBRATE! lol!

Candie Bracci said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN!!!!!!!!!!
All the best :)

Valerie said...

Happy Birthday, Brian. Now go and play some games before you get any older ... smiles.

The Clever Pup said...

Brian, you are so ((young))

My best wishes and warmest regardest for a happy birthday weekend.

My hub turned the big 5-0 on Thursday. I think the celebrating is finally wound down.

Kisses and Hugs

Hazel

Nancy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Yes, I agree, we need to touch that child within. I think that's why I love having a grandson - I get to play, and no one thinks I'm odd while I'm doing it.

Dot-Com said...

...and play in the puddles. Oh wait, you probably don't have rain *lol* Happy Birthday!

Kate Hanley said...

Amen, amen, amen and Happy Birthday.

Verily I go. said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for sharing it. Biggest, bestest wishes for you.

ArneA said...

Congrats.
I am a little bit older
:)
but in the artificial blogging world age is of less importance

Meeko Fabulous said...

Happy birthday! Getting old does suck, but it just depends on how we take it. :)

Megan said...

Sorry I missed your birthday. Happy belated!

36 was a good year for me, hope you have the same.

Cheers.

only a movie said...

Happy Birthday - great message.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Happy (belated) Birthday! Hope you're taking time to play... ;)