I am terrible with birthdays. Pretty much the only birthday I remember is my own (it is a season, after all). Now I remember Neil’s because I have had to put it on enough forms that it sticks out in my mind. It’s also Pearl Harbor day. This is the one feature of Facebook that I think is actually useful: the birthday reminders. It tells you when all of your “friends” have a birthday.
I got a reminder that my dear friend Briana would have celebrated her 30th birthday yesterday.
It’s likely that I would not have remembered, had she still been alive, and all she would have received from me would be a Facebook message. But, her birthday hit me, even more than the anniversary of her death. Perhaps because as a midwife she celebrated so many first births.
Her midwife partner Cathy has started a project to honor her called The Briana Project to cherish her memory and spread her talents and ideas to women around the world. Please visit the site and donate if you can.
Cathy put our video we made of Breezer on the website so people could get a sense of her. It is one of the most precious things I’ve ever made. I am so glad we taped so much of her wisdom.
I am really missing her these days and this video is so nice to have to hear her voice and insights and laughter.
This is the last picture we took when I last saw Briana in Utah out for the filming of my documentary. I don’t know why we look like a couple of strangers sitting down on a couch together, but I love the look on Breezer’s face.
I also love this one at our Wild West party where she is giving Katy a noogie.
And, she was always stunning… even in a silly hat.
Happy birthday Briana. You are dearly loved and so, so sorely missed by so many. My heart feels heavy and a little bit emptier every time I realize, again, that you’re gone.