It was on this day, twenty nine years ago that the world received one of its most passionate, opinionated, kind, and funny people. Yes, that would be Cory Monteith of Glee fame.
Jokes! Of course I mean my big sis J, although she does share her birthday with said Monteith, along with Salvador Dali, Japanese warlord Niwa Nagashige, and the late Natasha Richardson. Man is she in good company. All joking aside, ever since her little ginger head was expelled into this world from our mother’s uterus, she has brought nothing but smiles and giggle fests into the lives of the people she meets. And maybe the occasional burst of tears (it is a sad day for you should you decide to challenge J on the pros of the NDP party). Her words pack a punch unlike anything Georges St-Pierre throws down in a cage match; you may even find they have physically harmed you.
In honour of such a special day, I have compiled a list of my top five favourite things about J. Feel free to add to the list.
1) Her propensity for falling down.
Ok, unless you are over the age of 80 and/or physically frail, people falling down (without injury) is funny. Your sister falling down is even funnier. Especially when they blame it on “weak ankles”.
2) Her sense of humour.
If she didn’t have an amazing sense of humour, my previous point would just make me look like an ass.
3) Her strong political views.
I’m pretty sure she could have a debate with Stephen Harper and make him cry.
4) Her gesticulating.
Whenever you talk with J about an important issue (which between the two of us usually concerns some sort of reality television), she will use a lot of hands. And I really enjoy it.
5) Her Kindness.
I can’t think of anyone more fitting to be in the line of work J is in, where she is constantly working with people and kids who aren’t always afforded the best opportunities. Her understanding is unparalleled and if I may toot her horn (tee hee), the community is going to be a much better place as she continues to move forward in her career. That last bit needs to be on a fortune cookie. Stat.
Happy Birthday J!! xo