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My November Birthday Tributes
11/11/2016 9:41:00 PM by: Susan Lyttek

Okay, I almost didn’t write this again this week. There have been so many things to do with NaNoWriMo that would fill a post (one that I have half written) that I almost finished that instead. But I had promised the birthday tribute, so here it goes.

The first November person who made my life better, made it joyful and fun, is my Uncle Karl. When I was a kid, he always had time to play with all of the nieces and nephews at family gatherings. He would tell us jokes, make up stories, and even find ways to use up our extra energy without too much disruption. Sometimes he was an alligator and the kids had to find a way to get from the couch to the chairs without succumbing to his disastrous tickle bite.

Because of his ever present smile and sense of humor, the first time I saw Dickens’ Christmas Carol, I was convinced that my uncle was the Ghost of Christmas Present. I think the beard and his height, about 6’4”, added to that perception. He taught me that there was always a way to add joy and play to any situation.

The second tribute this month is my neighbor, Debbie. I have told her many times, but I think she doesn’t believe me, that I live next to her now because I met her when I was house hunting and instantly liked her. She was in the backyard with their dog at the time and her son, Tyler. I asked if the dog was a chocolate lab (he was) and she in turn asked if I was looking at the house. We fell naturally into conversation about the neighborhood and kids. At the time, she homeschooled, so we instantly bonded over that, too. That conversation, in turn, colored my opinion of the house I was looking at and when I passed on information about the place, her smile influenced all my descriptors about the place to Gary. I love having a friend right next door. In fact, just today we went out to lunch and shopping. I still like talking to her and am so grateful God gave her to me as a neighbor. I couldn’t have chosen better.

 There are several more November birthdays I could have included. It is a busy month for friends and family. But at this point, I have to include our son, Erik.

Next weekend, he will be twenty-two. I know it’s true, but sometimes it seems impossible. Still, as both his mom and teacher for many years, I am so proud of who he is and who he is becoming. It’s not just his studies and his career path, though both are amazing, but I am more impressed with who God is creating him to be. I know great things are in store for him, not because he’s my son or my homeschool graduate, but because he is a man who loves God and tries to live his life to honor him.

And perhaps it’s some of those same traits that his sweet girlfriend saw when she chose him?

Happy birthday, Erik!

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Debbii From Next door At 12/7/2016 9:26:45 AM

I love your posts! They are kind, thoughtful and filled with love; just like you. Thank you, Susan.

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