March is a great month for many reasons, but I’ve always enjoyed it because of the plethora of family birthdays that happen throughout the month. Happy birthday to my mom Mary Ann, my brother Brandon, and my Uncle Bob.
Around this time every year we all get together to have dinner and then head back to one of our homes for cake and presents. It usually happens on a Saturday night. It’s nice to be around family and share stories and just bullshit about this and that. I always loved that part of growing up. When Haley and I were off living in NJ/Maine/TN, we missed these events quite a bit. Sometimes we’d Skype into the party but for 5 minutes at the most. I was always bummed that we were missing out on them, especially once Finn and Aero were born. Family may be a drag sometimes but guess what? Family is one of the most important things we have. I am constantly reminded of that as I grow older.
Now we’re back in Pennsylvania and we’re just a mere 1.5 hours away from the extended Hoenke/Pleczynski family. Last week we got to attend that March birthday celebration. It was full of the typical Pittsburgh “Italian”* restaurant, Giant Eagle cake, and talking about stuff. It was awesome. I wouldn’t change this for the world. I look forward to these events happening every month.
Life is good.
*I put Italian in quotes because if you’re from Pittsburgh you’ll know that there are at least 5-7 “Italian” family restaurants on every block. They all serve spaghetti, pizza, hamburgers, appetizers, beer, etc, and they all claim to be authentic Italian cooking. Some are good. Some are bad. The Hoenke/Pleczynski has been to all of them.