Log in

No account? Create an account

Two Birthdays, Two Holidays

A facebook friend of mine (I'll call her Nancy)  recently posted that she'd heard some news that made her very said. She wasn't specific about what the news was, so I asked her about it in chat. I learned that  she has an elderly neighbor who is very ill and near death.

My friend had been this woman's neighbor for a long time and had a lot of happy memories of her. One of them was that the neighbor shared a birthday with one of Nancy's daughters and they would celebrate together. That's quite a happy accident. It's an even more unlikely happy accident than you might think at first, because the shared birthday was the fourth of July.

As I said to Nancy, they were a couple of Yankee Doodle Dandys.

Shared birthdays aren't extremely unusual, but shared birthdays that are also national holidays are. So it's a bit remarkable that I actually know another such story. And this story is just as sad.

When I lived in Raleigh  in the late 70's and early 80's , I was a big fan of a local band called the Fabulous Knobs. I went to all their shows and wrote about them for the school paper. My devotion probably put a dent in my GPA.

I've learned lately that drummer Terry Anderson and guitarist David Enloe shared a birthday. And just like the shared birthday of Nancy's daughter and her neighbor, it's a holiday.Anderson and Enloe were born on December 25th.

I'd mentioned that this story is just as sad. Another of the things I've recently learned is that David Enloe died in 2007 at the age of 50. That was quite a shock. He was a good guy and an excellent musician. Here's a tribute video:

I always think of Terry Anderson at Christmas time now and wonder if it's triggering for  him. From what I know, he does appear to be soldiering on. Good for him.