Today is my friend William’s birthday. William lives in Mississippi and, despite the distance and the fact that William is not on Facebook and does not have a smart phone to text, we have managed to stay friends and in contact via e-mail for almost 20 years (I believe we met the first year Jeffrey and I got together.) William was dating a friend of Jeffrey’s at the time, and they came to New York, so we were both meeting William for the first time. I fell in love with William instantly (his then-boyfriend, not so much,) like a long lost family member I never knew I had. The boyfriend didn’t last…but our Friendship with William did. We enjoyed a few great adventures together (New York City, Provincetown, New Orleans) as well as a few visits from here and there. Sadly, we have not gotten together in years due to life, the universe, and everything. Despite that, we have carried on a friendship through e-mails, keeping up on each others’ lives, supporting each other as we both “battle the bulge” and just generally keeping in touch. We have taken to signing our e-mails “YCB”, for “Your Chosen Brother,” as that’s what he feels like to me.
Cool William in New Orleans
Plans to get together later this year fell through, but William retired this year, so i am hopeful a visit or get together is not long in the making.
William reads my blog, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to wish him a very Happy Birthday and let him know I love and miss him and can’t wait to see him again.
Happy Birthday, my dashing, dapper friend. Hope to see you soon.