Eitan’s birthday is Wednesday, April 2 – exactly one week after Larry’s. It’s also the same day as Larry’s daughter Yael’s birthday.
It’s unacceptable to me that Eitan isn’t here to celebrate two decades on earth, to see 20. But acceptable or not doesn’t matter because he is gone, and I miss him beyond measure.
In time for his birthday, EitanSternRobbins.com is back up and running after a technical overhaul (many thanks to Clay Whitley for making this happen!). Please visit the page, and add an Eitan Story if you like.
Last week I asked you to honor Larry’s memory with flowers, and I thank everyone who shared pictures and stories of bouquets they enjoyed while thinking of him.
For Eitan, toast him with food. Eitan was fond of a selection of junk food. Break open a bag of Doritos, Lay’s Potato Chips, Cheetos, Tostitos, or go the sweet route with Sour Patch Kids, Starbursts, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (he got a kick out of the Canadian version, which deleted the possessive – Reese Peanut Butter Cups – and we used to have a wrapper pinned to our bulletin board, souvenir from a trip north).
Or, if you have time, try something from Eitan’s birthday meal – the recipes are all on his website under Birthday Menu.
* Eitan’s Salad (recipe courtesy Carolyn Faye Fox, available in print for the first time!!!)
* Linguine with Brie and Tomatoes
* Snickers Cake
Have a munch, and think of Eitan with a smile. And if you like, send me snacky pics.
Eitan was in Portland, Oregon, for his 15th birthday in 2009. In high school, he worked for Terrascope Youth Radio (you can listen to his broadcasts on his website), and was sent to here for a public radio conference, which happened to coincide with April 2. They took him out for dinner to celebrate. He called me that night, not something he often did, and I got the sense that he missed being home for his birthday, maybe, just a little bit.