friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive."
Today's the day we celebrate
Andrew's birthday! The date has no
basis in TBAA. We just simply decided a few years ago that he
deserved a birthday and setting it around the time TBAA used to
premiere for the season seemed like a good idea!
During the past few days,
going through my old mixed CDs.
Shortly after TBAA left the air, a couple of us went on this kick where
we mixed CDs but had to explain how each song we chose somehow related
to Andrew or another JD character. Andrew, naturally, got most of
the songs with Doc Hock a distant second. Makes sense given those
two had the most screen time. Anyhow, listening to them has made
me notice lil ways in which my appreciation for the character of Andrew
has changed. But one thing hasn't: I still love watching this guy
and thinking that maybe, somewhere, angels just like him are
bringing comfort to people at their time of greatest need. So...
if there are those angels out there, I hope they know that all the love
and care that goes into these newsletters shines on them, too.
Happy birthday, Andrew!
Wishes to Andrew!
and loveliest of all Andrews,
we all wished you a happy birthday last year, who could have guessed
what the year ahead would bring? I know, at times, it's been very
difficult. And other times very crazy. And other times just
plain fun. This year we've made it through your homelessness,
your broken arm, miscommunication and lack of communication all around,
parental concern over your "Jesus Christ Superstar" costume, your
heartbreakingly lovely decision which we all found out about at
Valentine's, two dear friends' break-up... and the engagement that
followed, lots of football games, lots of games of "Spin-the-Bottle:
Dyeland Style," one very interesting sci-fi movie appearance (I heart
Frog Guard #2 forever!), my religious crisis (which you handled so
beautifully), a camping trip with the lil ones, an emotional but deeply
fulfilling cruise with many of our friends, and so much more (including
this ridiculously run-on sentence which is probly a crime against the
English language... don't tell Vincent). And every moment, every
crisis, every joke,
every game has only made me love and admire you more.
I hope we get
to celebrate many, many
more of your observed birthdays
together, Andrew. Because we'll need innumerable years to let you
know how much you mean to us.
All my love,
of Willowveil said
there's no reason I need to call you by any title since you're just
Andrew. But since you knighted me, I think it makes sense.
Right? I don't think I'll have many other chances to be a knight.
birthday! I hope your
day is awesome! I'm glad I met you. I don't get around much
and I don't meet many new people. And when I do I'm always afraid
they won't care about me once they know the truth. But you've
never made me feel like I was just that vampire nerd who lives in a
basement and plays video games all day. Thanks, Andrew.
I'll see you at the party.
Your humble knight,
My friend, I
am so happy that we're
back in touch. I missed you a
lot over these past years. Friendships are among God's greatest
gifts and I'm sorry that for so long I took one of my own for
granted. Andrew, I hope your special day brings you much
happiness because you deserve it! And you also deserve this very
special Sundae a la Monica. I happen to think french fries and
coffee ice cream is a great combination of sweet and salty, don't you?
All my best,
birthday, Andrew! You are
a really wonderful, super fantastic friend and you deserve the very
best birthday ever!
who knows, with all
the birthdays you've had, it may be hard to compete. You've probably
had some pretty swell birthdays! How many birthdays have you had
anyhow? 500? 3,000? More? Less?
I know you're not saying.
But hey, I had to try, didn't I? ;-)
for being you, Andrew.
Have an awesome day. :-)
Now that some
of the Dyelanders have had their say, here are some ideas on birthday
gifts some of Andrew's past assignments and others might want to send
Top Ten Birthday Gifts Andrew Should
Get from Past Assignments and Other Angels
10. From Eric ("Angel of
Death"): Personalized stationery with a lovely "From the desk of
Andrew" at the top. Maybe some pens engraved with his proper
name, too. That's A-n-d-r-e-w, not A-n-d-y.
9. From Rocky McCann ("The Journalist"): One big, fat apology.
8. From George ("Missing in Action"): A ponytail holder.
Also some bell-bottoms and a Doors record. So Andrew really can
be a "pony tailed hippie."
From John ("A House Divided"): A ticket to his college
graduation. I almost cried when I figured out Andrew's former
charge and student would likely be graduating from college this school
6. From Molly ("Til Death Do Us Part"): A fried chicken
dinner. And a chance to catch up. It'd be nice to see.
5. From Celeste ("Labor of Love"): A nice, new shirt made out of
waterproof fabric. Just in case she decides to use a glass of
water as a deus ex machina during an assignment again.
4. From Pete ("The Root of All Evil"): How about a nice "I'm
sorry I plotted to kill you. That was wrong," letter?
3. From Monique ("The Man Upstairs"): A formal apology for
insinuating that Andrew and Tess are dreary. At least they're not
retreads of another angel...
2. From Monica: Formal apologies for all of the following:
ignoring him when he was crying in "The Journalist," a big ol' mea
culpa for snapping his suspenders in "Voice of an Angel" and kicking
dirt on him in "Only Connect," and some other incidents I won't mention
here lest I get riled. And several big hugs.
1. From any of several Season 9 characters: A
sure looks like Andrew lost a number of shirt buttons during that
season so I'm sure some of them found some lying around. His
birthday is a great occasion for them to return them. Which isn't
to say Andrew should actually feel compelled to use those buttons...
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