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Annual Ellen Birthday Letter, Year 9

To my birthday twin Ellen:

Well, this year has been… interesting. I hope 58 has been as interesting for you as 26 has been for me.

I’m in 1st place in 3 levels of Candy Crush, btw. #crushingit

#crushingit

2016 was a year of serious hopes and dreams being shattered, in so many ways. At least we could get a McGriddle all day long to soothe the pain of 2016’s wrath.

Celebrities died. Future celebrities were born. I finally got my 4 wisdom teeth removed. Voldemort was elected to run a country.

On a higher note, 2016 gave us some pretty awesome things pop culture wise. Beyoncé released Lemonade. Netflix released Stranger Things. NBC gave us This is Us.

Personally, I started my tenure year of teaching. I found out I’m going to be an aunt. I discovered the joy of wearing leggings as pants. My pitbull’s favorite toy became a stuffed piece of poo.

Leggings all day everyday, baby. #teacherdrag

Charity and her poo.

It’s been a weird year, full of ups and downs, but one thing hasn’t changed: the joy you bring into my life. When I’m feeling down, you make me want to dance. When I have a smile on my face, your show makes me smile and laugh harder. You always have my back, and, as always, it is an honor to have you as a birthday twin.

You give me, as well as so many other, hope. So, for that, thank you.

Thank you for being fabulous, Ellen, and happy birthday. I hope 59 is a great one. Who knows– maybe for our birthday next year, and for my 10th annual letter to you, we’ll be able to share a piece of cake!

Happy birthday Ellen!

And, as my student said, happy birthday to me too!

All my best,

Kailynn

Happy early birthday to us

Dear Ellen,

Happy early birthday to us! I turn 26 on the 26th tomorrow; you turn 58. (Normally I wouldn’t put a lady’s age on blast like that, but, let’s be real– a quick Google search tells the world your age.) My students have excitedly been telling me my birthday this year is my “golden birthday.” Do you remember turning 26 on the 26th?

You live out in California so your birthday celebration is probably a little different than mine. You had sun shine the weekend prior to your birthday; I had a blizzard, a cancelled Broadway show, and digging out of our building to walk our dog.

photo courtesy of Popography http://popography.org/

photo courtesy of Popography http://popography.org/

Oh! This reminds me. A lot has changed since I last wrote to you. I started teaching a college writing class at work. In April, V & I moved in together. Her dog, a rescue pit bull named Charity, became mine. (Congrats on “Kid” by the way!) The summer was a weird one; I went through some schtuff, taught summer school, and ended up at BlogHer15. On November 1st, V became my wife. We enjoyed a beautiful wedding, surrounded by family and friends, and then jetted off to Orlando, where we had a relaxing few days at Disney and Universal (the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!) . In a nutshell, a lot has changed, but a lot remains the same.

Last year, for my 25th birthday, I had a book drive to build my classroom library. I wasn’t that into the idea of going out and getting crazy, and I still don’t feel like going out to celebrate. I really enjoyed spending this past weekend being snowed in with my wife, playing Scrabble, baking, and just spending quality time together with my little family.

I’m always trying to grow my classroom library (I have an actual classroom this year so I no longer have to limit myself to a rolling library!!) so, if by some miracle you actually see this, please feel free to donate a book or two.

Happy birthday, Ellen. I hope 58 is everything you dream it to be. Send your love to Portia from V & I, and wish her a happy Australia Day.

Love,
Kailynn
Your birthday buddy who has written you a letter every year since turning 18

Dear Ellen, 2014

Every year since I’ve turned 18, I’ve written to Ellen DeGeneres for our birthday (January 26th). This year, I decided to reflect on how much I’ve changed since I first wrote to Ellen. (I have a 1500 character limit so forgive the abbreviations.)

How have you changed since you were 18?

 

Ellen and I both had an exciting 2013.

Ellen and I both had an exciting 2013.

Dear Ellen,

This is perhaps a futile attempt at a letter to you, as I’ve written to you every year since I’ve turned 18, but it’s a tradition to wish us a happy birthday!

When I was turning 18/ you were turning 50, I was a senior in high school, writing to you because you were funny & could dance, but really because you were the strongest lesbian role model I could see. Being a closested high school senior wasn’t fun, but your show would always make me dance.

When I was turning 19, my letter to you was very weak, as was I. I was sickly, anemic, & recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. It was also my first year of college, and I was finally starting to see who I was.

For 20, I was living the high life. I was on the Dean’s list. I was a RA in a luxury hotel because my university ran out of housing.

For 21, I was fed up with having a winter birthday. I decided to throw a celebrity themed costume party. My ex and I dressed up as you & Portia. Our love didn’t last, but my love for you did. Portia’s book also helped me, a lot.

For 22, I sent a song to you online. I briefly forgot I couldn’t sing. The internet wasn’t kind, but oddly enough I ended up starting my blog & finding my niche on the web.

Last year, at 23, I freaked out. The 23 curse of love & change in my family’s life scared me.

Now, I’m turning 24, happy, engayged, a hs English teacher, & making a difference every day.

Happy birthday to us! Thank you for inspiring me so many years ago to be me.

Kailynn