And oh, we’ve always got someone and something special to celebrate! What a full year we’ve had so far. It’s mind-boggling to think we’ve already reached just past midsummer, but there’s a nearly full season of summertime wonder still ahead of us. For you, the gracious and valued humans of our extended chimpanzee and bovine family who celebrate your birthday in July, happiest days to you from all of us here!
You, my friends, get to share your birthday month with this handsome sir, Gordo (who turns 34 on July 19th!):
AND beautiful and saucy, Betsy (who turns 15 on July 20th!):
Both these wonderful chimpanzee and bovine people are two of our rather more independent and aloof-with-the-humans family members. Though neither have any problem putting us humans in our place if deemed necessary (or just because), it makes the moments they do choose to spend with us all the more cherished.
I was reading something the other day by Tennessee Williams who had said something to the effect that for him, home wasn’t a physical place or structure, but more a space between individuals where each can rest and be fully oneself, loved and valued just as you are. I’d venture to guess that most of our hearts beat a stronger, our heads nod a little in recognition, thinking of or imagining that. With that in mind, we can’t thank you all enough for helping us provide home to Gordo, Betsy, and all of the special individuals who dwell here. And we’re so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate these special beings, and you special beings, this month!
Happy July Birthdays, friends! Thanks so much for being here!
Betsy and her family:
Gordo and his half-sister, Dora: