gratitude of friends

I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine. And now we have CSU Long Beach design student Nohemi Gonzalez, gunned down in Paris.

With shock of Paris's carnage hovering over the globe – not to mention bombings in Beirut and Bagdhad and the downed Russian jet in Egypt – I was pleasantly surprised to see heartfelt emotion demonstrated tonight. Not because of grief or tragedy at the death of a loved one due to senseless acts of terrorism but because of the fifty or so friends pulled together at a birthday party.

Before the band played, my buddy shared a few words. He talked about living life to the fullest. Enjoying life with everyone in the room: work colleagues, windsurfing buddies, travel companions, monthly dinner party group, his girlfriend, etc. And he got a little choked up with the emotion of it all. Which was a welcome sign of positive feelings, in what's been a grim, discouraging week.