|“'Why did you do all this for
me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done
anything for you.'
have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in
itself is a tremendous thing.'”
White, Charlotte's Web
Welcome to another JABB newsletter and another year of
celebrating Andrew's completely made-up birthday!
:-) In his honor, treat yourself to a glass of orange
juice and ginger ale and a dessert!
I had some fun with this back in JABB
309 and thought I'd revisit it... this time with an
additional Dyeland list.
Top Ten Birthday Gifts
Andrew Should Get from Past Assignments and Other
Angels- TBAA Edition II
10. From Jonah ("The
Princeless Bride")- He should offer to chauffeur Andrew wherever he likes and listen to
his thoughts on life and his concerns the whole time.
The parents from "A House Divided"- I know Andrew loved
being John's guardian but it should never have come to
that. Those formerly bickering parents should give
Andrew a fully funded fishing weekend or something for doing
the job they shoulda been doing all those years ago.
8. From Dr. Albert Einstein ("Face of God")- A signed
copy of that iconic Einstein sticking his tongue out
poster. Just because it would be cool.
From Jon Mateos ("Rock n Roll Dad")- A tribute song.
Whether Mr. Mateos has since returned to hard rock or metal
or whatever that was or has stayed in the lighter, more
melodic vein; I'm sure his otherworldly fan would appreciate
an ode. It might just give Andrew a reason to dance
with his umbrella again.
6. From Gloria ("Chutzpah")- She should offer to
listen, without complaint, to Andrew lecture about whatever
he wants for, say, six hours. Maybe if she'd done that
years ago, she could have been better informed and avoided
that mortifying and awful encounter with Sam on the park
bench. Although this is kind of more of a gift to
Gloria because who wouldn't want to sit and listen to Andrew
talk for six hours? No one here would object, surely!
From Jordan ("The Violin Lesson")- An apology. No,
Andrew wouldn't expect one and, yes, Jordan was in an
extremely vulnerable place. Still... it's not nice to
smash violins in people's faces.
4. From Kathleen ("Lost and Found")- Also an apology
for using an assignment of Andrew's... one that was no doubt
somewhat traumatic for him... as a way to traumatize their
assignment. While she's at it, Kathleen should also
apologize for causing Andrew and Tess such worry on the day
of Monica's evaluation. And then she should give
Andrew a nice scented candle because it's the sort of gift
one gives when they like a person and yet don't know them
that well. Maybe baked apple pie scented for the
3. From Tim ("Fighting the Good Fight")- An invitation
to the grand opening of his own boxing/martial arts
studio. Not gonna lie, I would totally cry over that
2. From Adam- A guys' weekend. It's not that
Adam owes Andrew that or anything. I just like
imagining them and Henry sitting around a campfire, toasting
marshmallows, and talking about their feelings.
1. From Tess- A big ol' hug and a promise to never
again shame him for having emotions OR shoot him a disturbed
look just for showing up for his job. She needs to be
more sensitive of our lovely Angel Boy!
And now... over to Dyeland:
Andrew Should Get from Past Assignments and Friends-
From Behnam: I could see Andrew and Behnam starting a
scholarship fund somewhere in Badriya's honor and then
giving to it in each other's honor every birthday and
From Belle and JenniAnn: A Halloween Survival Kit. They
could stock it with adorable photos to distract him away
from representations of the Grim Reaper, love notes,
Hershey's Kisses and Hugs, and promises of real kisses and
hugs to take away the sting of the more macabre aspects of
the holiday that they love and he puts up with.
From Vincent: A volume of William Wordsworth poetry that
Andrew can read to JenniAnn whenever she gets cross with
him about not picking up his socks or whatnot.
Max: A mug reading "Best Gryffindor Dad."
John: A signed copy of a book he's written entitled How
to Deal with the Broods of Vipers in Your Life to
help Andrew cope with the less savory among his
Raquel: Herself and Nico as house guests! While many
people may not relish having family members crash with
them for an extended period of time, Andrew would be
thrilled to have the couple stay at Willowveil while
scoping out a permanent spot in Dyeland for their
From Adam: The same gift as from the list above except now
including Eli. And Max and Peter and Zeke
and... It's gonna be a big group!
From Shelby (with help from little Jacob): A picture book
about her earliest memories of Andrew and JenniAnn, with
illustrations by Jacob.
From Maryam: Another handkerchief because Andrew will
definitely need one after receiving Shelby's gift!
From Joshua: A whole lot of love, as always, and some
bonding time in Andrew's carpentry shop.
This newsletter is
dedicated to John Dye for making flannel season even
more special. As a child of the 90s, I suppose I
was destined to love flannel. Slipping it on is
even more enjoyable when it gives me cozy mental images
of Andrew in his own flannel shirts.
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page
are from Touched by an Angel and owned by CBS
Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water
Productions. They are not being used to seek