Is not my birthday.
All of my fabulous friends in Albuquerque had summer time birthdays. These were spent together in my backyard pool or at Elephant Butte Lake. New Mexico's largest. From May thru September almost every weekend we were having a party for one of the gang.
My neighbor was a nurse. When ever she went on vacation I would bring in her mail and look after her house. Virginia was a jewel of a neighbor. She died. Her son sold the house and that was that! I will never forget Patricks birthday June 25. Well over 100 guys at the party. As always there were several that I had never met before. I first noticed Pasquale playing volleyball in the pool. I couldn't stop staring at him. To this day I believe that he is the most handsome man I have ever been with. I dove into the pool and swam up next to him. We played we talked we laughed and then we loved. Next door in Virginia's back yard. Under the stars. Lucky for me Virginia was on vacation. Unlucky for me that when we came back to the party Bobby told me he had been looking for me for over an hour. I tried to talk my way out of it - lie- but then Bobby asked why my swimsuit was inside out! Oops. He was mad but mainly because I had lied to him. He knew who and what he had
fallen in love with but I had never lied to him before. And I never did again. Although I did see Pasquale again. Several times. I always told Bobby. I think.
August 4, 2002 all the gang had gone to the lake. In the RV's as always. I remember the first time I had gone camping with Bobby we slept in a tent. That was the last time. I bought an RV. I was just not butch enough to go without the comforts of life. A bed, a shower, a toilet, a stove. I love to cook. I was inside the RV cooking a fabulous meal and enjoying a Mojito when the door opened and Bobby told me to come outside right away. I grabbed my Mojito and went out. Everyone yelled surprise and Happy Birthday. The entire camp site was Birthdayed out. Presents to open everywhere. I had joined the Summer Birthday Club. August 4th 2002 I had been given the best birthday gift ever. A new one. Fabulous friends, the lake, an RV, Mojitos & Bobby. And for just a few moments I looked up at the stars and thought of Pasquale and the other birthday that was turned inside out. I was born November 4th.