stop the presses

stop the presses

This happened my first Sunday on the island (Feb 23rd).

Axel’s baptism party was packed with guests. His parents were busy with the photographer, it was up to me to play host. Seeing so many beautiful women in the crowd, I welcomed the opportunity.

After my months of illness, this was my chance to prove I still got it. (Sorry ladies, I was born with a disbaility. I am a man and this is important).

(Cue in 007 theme music).

Started mingling, complimenting, and flirting.

As the night wore on, more and more ladies told me I looked different. Now, how different could I appear after three months?

Finally, one young lady told me “you look distinguished.”

Later that night, tossing and turning in bed, I replayed that one word, “distinguished”.

A frantic dash to the mirror.

No lines on my forehead. I smiled into the mirror. No laugh lines. Hair was still jet black and on my head. WHAT A RELIEF.

Then, I saw it, or should I say THEM.

There were a half dozen gray hairs at my right temple. Quickly looked and yeah, the left side too.

Today is my birthday. Can someone, please, ease my newly discovered distinguished soul.

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  1. Oh Andrew! This made me smile! I can imagine being in the same room with you. So handsomely distinguished!πŸ₯° Happy Birthday Andrew!🎈🎁

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    1. Haha. Stella, I thought I was magnificent that night, but as every lady told me I looked different, fear slowly crept in.
      You are too kind Adorable. Thnak you for your lovely message and beautiful wishes. Always treasure your thoughts.
      xo

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  2. “With mirth and laughter letΒ old wrinklesΒ come” said the great bard.
    Oh Drew! I’m sure everyone who’s ever known you, however fleetingly, also celebrates your birth! Purity, compassion, humility, humanity and artistry are beyond age – and those are virtues you not only embody but exemplify.
    Happy, happy, happy birthday dear friend! May God forever, no – siempre, shower his choicest blessings upon you and that heart of gold! Wish you so much joy!

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    1. Let me tell you something about this great Bard, there’s plenty of mirth and laughter with a couple of gray hairs, I believe there will be tears when the wrinkles arrive. LOL
      On the verge of tears by your warm and humbling message. YOu are so kind to me. I feel so lucky. Yes, siempre. smiling so hard through the tears. Thank you so much for touching me the way you do. All I can think of is how beautiful life can be.

      Bless you siempre Isha.
      Sending you love and hugs. (And you won’t have to sanitize).
      ❀️

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        1. Well, I already had three different friends stop by with a surprise cake. So, it has been fun. Don’t know if I will be able to get out of the beach chair to hop on my flight when the time comes. But I will do me best.

          xoxo

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          1. It’s terribly late for me to be hungry but all I can think of now is cake! 😍
            Also, by the time safe travel resumes, I’m sure you’ll be able not only to hop but race like the road runner to your destination hehehe. Birthday cake is sacrosanct. πŸ˜€

            Take care of yourself! Happy birthday once again!

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      1. Pffft!! Oh please! A few moons ago…
        I ain’t afeared to say that I’m hitting the other side of 55 next week. WTF? Did I just say that?

        That’s how I can comment now πŸ˜‰

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                    1. Still waiting. Airports shutdown for the month of April. My flight was changed to May 1, but the JetBlue rep said the airline is preparing and expecting the shutdown to be extended until June. I take life one day at a time.

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  3. A pink moon rose tonight in honor of your birthday. If a few gray hairs make you look distinguished, I must be really look “distinguished” with all gray hair and white whiskers making up a mock Miami Vice stubble. If you don’t think the women find you handsome, I can assure you that they find you handy with lovely poetic verse. Rest assured that lovely poetic verse wins your way into women’s hearts, and arms when lockdown is over, no matter how many gray hairs you might have.

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    1. Isn’t that wondeful timing. As much as I write about the moon she neded to do something special for me. You are extra sexy and distinguished my friend.

      Timothy, that was a wonderful thing to say. Perhaps, after the lockdown, I won’t be Lonely anymore. Thak you for this gorgeous message. I appreciate your kind words, the smile you gave me, and the encouragement and support.
      You are a treausre my friend.
      Thank you so much.

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  4. Hmmm not sure your birthday is the easiest day to soothe your distinguished soul on the subject of grey hairs πŸ˜‚.

    Having said that, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! If I could, I’d sing a ridiculous rendition of the song. Surely that would at least distract your distinguished soul?!

    Wishing you a wonderful day Drew, and many happy thoughts and wishes across the ocean.

    xoxox

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    1. Ah, Rachel, my beautiful friend.
      It has been such a wild day. There has been a ton of interruptions. Between some friends calling and others dropping by. Now, I am up to four surprise birthday cakes. I told Jacob, I can’t eat all of this cake, his ears perked up and he started wagging his tail.

      Oh, as for the distinguished soul, well, what could you do. A gray hair is still a hair, right? It’s not like balding. (God, I wonder if that last comment will get me in trouble?)

      Thank you for your beautiful words and wishes.
      Bless you for being you.
      xoxo

      Oh, and a little secret. Life is wonderful.
      xo

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      1. You know that you’re loved when you get four birthday cakes. And it’s the love that keeps on giving, as far as Jacob is concerned. Besides, he needs sustenance If he’s going to continue writing the comments πŸ˜‰.

        β€œA gray hair is still a hair, right.” You make me laugh. Yes, gray hair has a distinguished presence.

        It truly brings happiness to my day that your secret is that life is wonderful. I’m smiling for you. Happy birthday dear Drew. Have a slice of cake for me. And the icing too. And the cherry on the top (there’s bound to be one πŸ˜‚).
        Xoxo

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        1. Your timing is impeccalbe. Smiling.

          Cakes, oh yeah they keep on giving. Seriously a balloon would have been fine. I have such a sweet tooth.

          There have been so many visitors. It is strange having people drop by wearing masks and gloves. That is the world we live in. I am one of those guys with that Latin blood. I need to hug and give a kiss on the cheek. I need that connection with people.

          Even a handshake. I have been told I have a firm one. (A MANLY ONE). Miss that, too.

          Oh, well.

          Back to the cake. I will eat all of that for you, the cake, the icing, and the cherry. xoxo
          πŸŽ‚πŸ°
          Oh, and I know you need the coffee black.
          β˜•οΈ
          xo

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          1. Deal, I’ll have the coffee, you can have the cake. Possibly it’s best for both of us that way. Well, actually, no, I need some cake too. You do have four after all.

            Yes, birthday in lockdown has its quirks. Masks and gloves 😷.

            Sounds like you’re having a great day
            ❀️

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            1. Lockdown? Oh, yeah. Forgot all about that.
              LIfe is wonderful and precious.
              Sadly, we (humans) are so fragile. It can all be taken away in a second.
              But not my cake. I share Rachel. There is enough to go around.
              ❀️

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  5. Oooh! Sexy!
    What can I say? I like a man with a bit of grey. It’s like waving a flag that says “Yes! I know what I’m doing!” And that’s–music to my ears.

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    1. Happy you think it is sexy. I was suffering that night when I realized they were there. Smiling so much at the latter half of your comment. Hmmm, how do I respond?

      First, thankfully, it is just a touch of grey at the temples. Hopefully, everyone will still find that sexy.
      Second, Yes, I know what I am doing. Don’t know how well you know me. But I am not arrogant or cocky, but I have always had an attitude of “Yes, I know what I am doing!” So I guess, advertising it with a little bit of grey isn’t so bad. Actually, I amm kind of liking it. Thank you.

      Oh, you came here and delivered with your message. Feeling pretty good about it.
      Thank you for your kind words and wisdom. It is greatly appreciated.
      ❀️

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  6. Happy birthday, Andrew! And let me tell you a few grey strands at the temples makes a man look incredibly sexy!! Think George Clooney and closer home, my husband! Lol
    No, seriously! There is a gender bias here. Women are told to cover their greys and men flaunt them!
    Stay happy, stay healthy, stay you, my dear.

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  7. My 80 year old soul is happy dancing …..it his friends birthday yaaay. A very happy birthday Andrew your presence spreads smiles, laughter and warmth. And your pen can make even the cold hearts fall in love over and over again. Stay blessed my friend

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  8. Haha… Distinguished man… I’ve got the perfect song for you on your birthday, definitely we could dance to this one…. Birthday ((Hugs)) my friend…😊😎

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  9. β™ͺ Happy Birthday to you! β™ͺ
    *continues enthusiastically and somewhat off-tune*
    β™ͺ …and many moooooore!!! β™ͺ
    I hope you have a beautiful day and year ahead filled with love, light, healing, grace and that you know, every single day, that you are loved.
    β™₯.

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    1. Haha That is what I have heard. Hope it’s true.
      I will embrace it, much better than tinting my hair.
      I would just let it grow out naturally.

      Thank you for your lovely comment and wishes.
      Appreciate your kindness.

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  10. LOL wonderful anecdote that really had me chuckling:) Gracias for that!! Which woman doesnΒ΄t love a silver fox :P? haha. Happy happy birthday dear amigo Drew! Thank you for your wit, your word wizardry, your wisdom, your wonder, your fighting spirit, sense of humor and, of course, todo ese ARTE que tienes hijo!!! πŸ™‚ Gracias por tu amistad. Sending so much love and warm hugs to you on this special day. Another Aries fighter AND lover, I love it! Just found this and it might help you visualize that next snorkeling trip you want to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G52dUQLxPzg Espero q te guste! Love ya my friend. Mucho amor siempre! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Bendiciones de angelitos πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    1. Ay Amiga. Happy to make you laugh. Silver Fox? Well, I have been called worse, so that is not so bad.
      Silver Fox. Is that what I am now? LOL. Desmaiado generosa con sus palabras. Thank you.
      Receiving your love and warm hugs with open arms. You said ANOTHER Aries fighter.

      You arew an Aries, too????

      Love the video. Very relaxing. I will play it when I want to take a nap. Calming to the soul.
      Appreciate you for sharing it with me. Gracias.

      Thank you for lettting me get to know the beautiful soul inside of you.
      You are a remarkable woman wo illuminates the world wherever she may go.

      Besos, abrazos, y mucho gratitude.
      ❀️

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  11. Even if you were a crappy writer (which you are NOT), I would still pop on by regularly just to look (ie gawk & drool) at your photos. Even ignoring the photos (which I will NOT) all I have to do is read your posts – especially this one — to determine and confirm: you are, indeed, distinguished. Salute!

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    1. Laughing so hard. Glad you enjoy the photos. You are very kind. Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Happy you think i am not a crappy writer. Thank you the wishes.
      Glad you enjopy the photos.

      LOL
      Thank you.

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  12. Sorry, but my hair is more white/grey than brown and my beard is completely white, so I have no words of comfort. It happens. The only thing I can suggest is don’t start using hair dye to hide the fact that your “distinguished” phase is beginning. Once you start it is something you have to maintain, and after a point in time it becomes obvious you’re coloring you hair, so why bother?

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  13. DREW–if anyone still has it, it’s you! Been literally losing mine…for years. ‘Course, I have one of them creatures we call women—and she has me—sex dies due to medicine, age, other stuff! STAY FROSTY—as Charlie Priest would say!

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  14. Happy birthday Drew..and i echo everyone here who said a little gray hair makes a man more handsome, manly (?). Reminds me of Richard Gere in Autumn in New York..

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    1. Autumn in New York. I remember that. Well, so far my gray hairs are only at the temple.
      We will see how far this goes. lol
      Thank you for the kind words and wishes. Always treasure your visits and thoughts.

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  15. Oh my friend. You are beautiful. Go for a swim in the ocean. Let the salt water blend with the tears of your own eyes, until, there is no difference between your emotions and that of the of the water. Let it flood out across the continents until it churns itself into the isle of dogs, to the Dalai Llama, until a woman comes to you as a leaf and smiles: looks you in your pupils . . .and.

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    1. You left me breathless…..waiting for more.
      Thank you for this poetic and gorgeous message. It touched me deeply.
      Thank you for the kindness and support.
      Thrilled to read your lovely words.
      Thank you.

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    1. Laughing. Thnak you. Well, it’s just the temples right now, but I am willing to bet this is going to spread like a plague. Well, not that plague. Thank you for the laugh , you lovely words, and wishes. Very grateful.

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  16. Proverbs 16:31
    The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.. πŸ™‚

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  17. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or shake my head in agony over your tragic news. The distinguished Andrew rocking a few gray hairs. Boo hoo! Happy Birthday you crazy, distinguished, romantic, middle-aged man. πŸŽ‰πŸ™€

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    1. Hahaha. Brad, your reaction perfectly describes mine that night – I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry, or shake my head in agony.

      Yeah, my first gray hairs on the temples. Tragic for me. Lol

      Thank you for a ton of laughs. Appreciate it my dear friend.
      πŸŽ‚

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  18. Good morning Drew. Happy Birthday to our distinguished poet. May the muse and all beautiful women celebrate with you today. May your wishes come true. May you have success and a long happy life. May you be loved. May you always be inspired Beach Boy.
    Sending you hugs and kisses.

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    1. Let me see, by my count this is the third time you send kisses. I hope you’re not rationing in this time
      the world needs love.
      Grateful for all of your beautiful words and sincere wishes. Very touched.
      Thank you siempre.
      xo

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  19. distinguished… meaning coming into one’s own wisdom πŸ™‚
    distinguished… still curious, still able to laugh and love
    yep i rekken you still “got it ” Andrew πŸ™‚
    I worked hard for my white. grey. silver hair, and I like it I think you will too

    Happy Birthday Andrew
    hope you receive something new and true
    hope your day is filled with love and laughter
    and you take that wisdom, and to the winds you scatter
    Enjoy this moment in time
    remembering the joy, any sadness leave behind
    do something you have never done before
    open another door
    walk through and wander in
    let this be the best of what is yet to be..let in begin
    Have a GREAT Day!
    Blessings from Texas
    mary

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    1. Such a beautiful comment Mary.
      Thank you for your beautiful words.
      They are so appreciated.

      I am having heart surgery tomorrow
      hopefully when I recover and return
      we can foloow one another get to know each other better

      ANDREW, ORLANDO FLORIDA

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  20. Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‰ πŸ’‹I’m sure many women have told you but salt and pepper hair is extremely attractive. Very very. πŸ”₯

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    1. Thank you for your lovely message and kind words of advice. Three different friends have stopped by, each bringing
      a birthday cake. So, there has been a surplus of smiles and CAKE.
      lol
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      Grateful.
      xo

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  21. Lol.indeed you had not done make-up so that woman said to you as distinguished.my innocent friend!!there was a party.😁

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                  1. Hey dew!!really you are most innocent.if you are talking about nadita then she had gone and her issue is finished.that time,i had tried to tell you about her but you did not understand.you and your family………oh i am feeling so much sad.that all had happened because your innocence.plz reply otherwise i will be in tears.

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  22. Perhaps nobody has right to say the negative point for your face.mostly are habitual for saying this type.every body has that type hair or any less on the body figure but try to hide those ,they all go to beauty parler.indeed you have not gone there for becoming smarter.don’t worry.let you to be laugh on that events.my dear pure soul friend!!

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    1. Oh, Aruna, come laugh with me. It’s my birthday. No one said I look ugly or old.
      They just said I look different. I am the person who had a little attack.

      Laugh my friend. Life is short.
      🀣🀣

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  23. Happy Birthday Drew, β™₯️
    Dare I say ( Drew Bond ) cause you’ve been going full 007 on us, melting our hearts away with your beautiful words.
    Distinguishingly enthralling I’d say.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Please take care of yourself
    xoxoxo

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    1. DREW BOND. It does have a ring to it. My name is Bond. Drew Bond.
      Yeah, I like that.
      You are hysterical. Full 007 mode. Crap, I am laughing so hard.

      It has been a spectacular day. Plenty of visitors and laughs.
      I feel a little guilty to have so much fun while so much ugly is going on in the world.

      Thank you for your beautiful words and for the laughs you gave me.
      That is the only gift I wanted for my birthday.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      ❀️

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      1. Careful there Drew Bond, you sound dangerous πŸ˜‰

        Quite happy I could bring some laughter into you day. It’s not pretty out there but… have your absolute fun, live in the moment and enjoy every bit of it, it’s your day after all.

        Always a pleasure Drew and you are very welcome ❀️

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  24. Happy birthday Drew! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸ’ And as for the grey hairs I’ve got one or two starting to form on the top of my head and I’m 25! 😳 So don’t stress yourself out xx Happy birthday you ‘distinguished’ devil! 😈

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    1. Violet, I can’t believe that. You are too young for to start showing those signs.
      Don’t believe you (or I should say, I don’t want to believe you).

      Distinguished devil. LOL Too funny.
      Ah, you make me laugh.
      Thank you so much.
      Touched.

      Please continue to bring share your sunshine with our frightened world.

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      1. You callin’ me a liar?! Lol xD πŸ˜‰
        Haha thank you, but alas I am. It’s one or two singular silver hairs at the top of my head but the rest is still very much a dark brown lol. I’m not too mad about it now, I think it gives me a bit of character.
        Yes she was right, you are distinguished! You can’t write the poetry you do and not be!
        Hope you’re having a wonderful birthday so far πŸ™‚ xx

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        1. Aaaaw, that was sweet. Very touched. It has been a blast. People dropping over. Slowly me down with this lovely messages. I have three cakes now. Don’t know if I will be able to get out of the beach chair when the time comes.

          Bless you always Violet.
          We need more souls like you.
          xoxo

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          1. Three cakes?! Wow, you’ve been spoiled rotten! But it’s your birthday, what better excuse for lots of cake πŸ™‚ Drew you’re far too sweet (probably all that cake! lol) what you say here has really touched me πŸ™‚
            You enjoy that cake, or I’ll have to come over and steal a piece lol! xD xo

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  25. Your soul is distinguished, not extinguished. Those grey hairs are equal to badges of honour and survival. And for what it’s worth, judging by your literary prowess, you still got it, Drew.

    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEEAAAAAR AWESOME DREW,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOO YYYYOOOOOUUUUUU!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    Β β™₯

    Caz xx

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    1. You have me blushing Caz. There is a big difference between distinguished and extinguished. Thank you
      for reminding me. You make me feel so good. I still got it. Hahaha

      Thank you so much. You really touched me with this adorable message.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      ❀️

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          1. Reply to all with resting,don’t worry,my dear.reply and rest,again reply and rest.in this way you will reply to all,dear dew!!really you are blessed and most lucky🌹

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              1. A little bit, i can like to eat but some few piece of chocolate flavour,dew!! But my daughters like it more than me.🌹

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  26. Happy Birthday!πŸ€πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Love, Magic and may all your Dreams come true…! 🌠Thank you so much for being You and sharing your Beautiful poetry!πŸ’š

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