Japi Berdei Tu Mi

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SUNDAY MORNING — DID I mention this is my birthday week with Sunday being the actual day? … Well, Sunday morning, among the wonderful messages I received was a text message from our dear friend The Goddess Elena. It read, “Japi berdei tu yu,” which is the funny Spanish way of spelling out the English greeting (remember: “j” is pronounced like “h”). That’s kind of what it sounds like when a Spaniard says happy birthday. Elena grew up in Bilbao, in Basque country, and speaks quite a bit of the language. So, having no other idea how to reply to “japi berdei,” I quickly looked up “thank you” in Basque and wrote back. “Eskerrik asko.” When she arrived for coffee, she said, “You do know that ‘japi berdei’ is not Basque, and she was relieved when I said I did. Besides, everyone knows that would be Zorionak!

LAST NIGHT AT DINNER, the staff at the neighborhood restaurant entertained me with “Japi berdei tu yu” — when they delivered my candle-lit slice of chocolate cake … and continually throughout the evening. This morning I heard it again sung by the gang at Méson Salvador as they delivered my mini cupcake and candle. The words never sounded more beautiful. I’ve made the same wish over and over, and I was told this morning by Lolo, as he gave me a “japi berdei” hug, that I can’t tell anyone my wish or the opposite will come true. So, if you ask what I wished for, the answer is (as my pal Luke kept saying Saturday night) “Nothing.”


DOMINGO POR LA mañana ¿Mencioné que esta es mi semana de cumpleaños con el domingo como el día real? … Bueno, el domingo por la mañana, uno de los mensajes maravillosos que recibí fue un mensaje de texto de nuestra querida amiga La Diosa Elena. Se lee, “Japi berdei tu yu”. Elena creció en Bilbao, en el País Vasco, y habla bastante de la idioma. Entonces, al no tener otra idea de cómo responder a “japi berdei”, busqué rápidamente “gracias” en euskera y le respondí. “Eskerrik asko”. Cuando Elena llegó a tomar un café, dijo: “Sabes que” ‘japi berdei’ no es euskera, y se sintió aliviada cuando dije que sí. Además, ¡todos saben que sería Zorionak!

ANOCHE EN LA CENA, el personal del restaurante me entretuvo con “Japi berdei tu yu”, cuando me entregaron un trozo de tarta de chocolate iluminado con una vela … y de manera continua durante toda la noche. Esta mañana lo escuché nuevamente cantado en Méson Salvador cuando me entregaron mi Magdalena y mi vela. Las palabras nunca sonaron más hermosas. Hice el mismo deseo una y otra vez, y Lolo me dijo esta mañana, cuando me dio un abrazo “japi berdei”, que no puedo decirle a nadie que mi deseo o lo contrario se hará realidad. Entonces, si preguntas lo que deseaba, la respuesta es (como dijo mi compadre Luke el sábado por la noche) “Nada”.

Japi berdei tu mi!


We’re having a birthday dinner (yes, another one) at Mesón Salvador Wednesday night. I can’t decide between stripes or floral (and Crocs). Thoughts?
Vamos a tener una cena de cumpleaños (sí, otra) en Mesón Salvador el miércoles por la noche. No puedo decidir entre rayas o flores (y Crocs). ¿Pensamientos?

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

37 thoughts on “Japi Berdei Tu Mi”

  1. The guy in the plaid shirt is okay, but the other two . . . YIKES! Have fun celebrating your birthday for as long as you want!

    1. Debra:
      These outfits make me so happy. I’m trying to come up with a “birthday suit” but nothing beats the original.

  2. Love that the Birthday is still going on and is enjoyed by you and your friends !
    One Year we had the month of Adam for his Birthday It just worked out that way and it was so much fun for us …. oh yeah Adam
    too . . I rarely mention my sons and daughter by name. We don’t want the X reading anything.that has to do with them.
    I don’t think he will be seeing your blog.

    1. Parsnip:
      It’s been a love fest this week. I’m so grateful. Thanks for sharing Adam! Jerry likes to have his birthday month EVERY year!

    1. Mariah:
      Spanish style is much classier than much of what we see on the streets of Fuengirola. Oh, the expats!

    1. Bob:
      Do you sincerely think the clothes are ugly or are you just humoring me?

    1. Snoskred:
      Crocs aren’t as popular here as they used to be. I still see them in the shops, but I don’t see them as much on the streets.

    1. anne marie:
      We’ve been invited out again tonight. I’m looking forward to it, but I don’t know if I could survive an entire month of drinking and dessert!

    1. Adam:
      I never knew that until you shared that info. THAT could be exhausting.

  3. Ah, go with the floral, it’s more fun! Red crocs would go better with that outfit though.

      1. Deedles:
        Gin in a spray bottle. Now THAT’s brilliant! (Although Maddie’s probably already thought of it.)

      2. Mistress Maddie:
        No worries. Despite what Deedle says, I promise to avoid the “c” word.

    1. Deedles:
      Out of respect for Maddie, I won’t wear Crocs. I only have one floral print shirt and it’s blacks and grays, so very subtle. I’ll see what I can come up with.

    1. Jan:
      Thanks! It really has been a wonderful week with more love to come. I feel so grateful.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Your comment inspired me. I’ve got some ideas. Maybe I’ll even follow through.

  4. Somehow a clashing blouse and skirt isn’t quite as bad as a clashing shirt and pants, at least not to my eyes.

    1. Kirk:
      I think it depends on the fabrics. I’ve seen more clash than this ensemble.

  5. Ohhhh, it’s great that you’re having birthday WEEK! I’ll be doing that next week, and, like you, my real birthday is on Sunday of this coming week. And, it’s a big one–60! I, however, will not be wearing a pair of shorts with one leg pulled up. Ja ja ja!

    1. Judy:
      I’m getting my outfit organized and hope to have something good to share tomorrow before the party. Wow 60! I would NEVER know that!

  6. Sorry I’ve been MIA – no not Miami – and totally missed your birthday. Back in the days when I was a sub (Deacon in the Church of England) we had Octave Days of High Holidays and Feasts so legally I have eight days in which to wish you Happy Birthday (that’s how we say it in our language!).

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