BC: with love from your family on your 50th birthday 2.24.11
FC: Christopher William Musarra at 50
1: going to my happy place... | in the beginning .... the youngest of four and one more bundle of jay for a soon to be single mother you were a "good" baby - if mom is to be believed - and your early golden locks would turn to brown to the relief of friends and family
2: into a world with funny hats and funnier siblings who would always be by your side
3: through a black and white world you grow up with imaginary friends, aluminum Christmas trees, suicidal fish, and a Mom who made our house a home
4: with your siblings by your side you a mother with her hands full, and an absent father who never abandoned us we made an imperfect family but looked after one another
5: despite an occasional kick to the face you had a friend for life in your big brother | my brother looks stupid ... and so does mine | i miss Easter at the zoo
6: if i pull my shorts up high you can see my really cool Little Rascals underwear
7: that better be his hair brush in his pocket
8: she was sooo in to me | seriously, i had no say in what i wore each day
9: do people even wear hats any more?
10: to be perfectly honest, i was wishing he would fall
11: you lose your title of "little brother" and our foursome becomes five ... under one crowded roof we grow up and you search for who you are and who you want to be ... and for the perfect bowl cut oh yeah, my hair looks the best
12: it was hard being the cutest but i tried not to let it get to me .... simply distracting people with plaids and sports coats
13: why do i feel so blue? God i miss the 70's
14: you persevered through puberty, high school, bad leisure suits, bad polyester, bad breaks, and really bad hair-dos ... but you put on a smile even as you wondered if and when happiness would ever find you
15: i can't believe my socks don't match
16: “ and then your uncle Chris moved far away and... hey, are you even listening to me?" | i thought i would adopt an Asian baby but gosh her diaper sure stinks
17: graduation brings tough decisions about life and you search your soul for answers, search the landscape for a place to call home and a new beginning.... ... at the end of that journey you find healing and a home in the mountains where you are born again
18: slowly you leave your cocoon and discover yourself - and we are all amazed ...
19: in the shadow of Humpback you have a few false starts but push through your comfort zone to build a new life ...... you learn that your fears are shared by many and you see the challenge of being human is all around you in friends, family, coworkers and perfect strangers.
20: hey, who stole my chin?
21: when i open my eyes christmas better be over | i feel happy but it may just be the warm mug of hot chocolate between my legs
22: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! | 02.24.11 | chicks just dig me
23: after 50 years you have built yourself a home in the mountains ... you own a car that is not a mobile flood zone...you own a cell phone (finally!) ... and most of all, you own who you are - no longer dependent upon or defined by others ... a role model for those you left behind and your journey continues and you amaze those of us who know you best ... a valued employee once afraid of public interaction ... a valued friend loved by many ... and a much loved son and brother to your family who have always loved you and prayed for your happiness .... we are truly proud of you!