Of all the characters who line my walk, he is one of a kind
Part drifter and part grifter but wholeheartedly real and human to the core
You know he is worried when he takes a deep breath and runs his fingers through his hair
Adding a little cough to clear his throat
But those worries he keeps them private because he is a solution man
Never one to bring a damper to any party, he chooses to be its life
Loving his spirits a little too much at times, yet there is rarely a moment of anger thrown his way
He’s Rahjaaa – who can hold him in contempt of anything when he has charisma of this caliber?
He can command a room with his Yeah, Yeah, Yeah and the laughter that follows when he enjoys his own jokes
Selling you a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge as you open up your checkbook – willingly
He’s my staple from a childhood so picturesque it seems unreal to me in recollection
So real it was and what a privilege to still be sharing our stories in our fifties
Cousins are bonus siblings and in my extended big fat Cuban family he is a vintage brand
Sired by one of our favorite uncles, he channels his legacy in subtle ways we recognize and cherish
So today on the day of his birth, I relinquish a page from this site just for him
He deserves it
He’s earned it in my book of life
Besides, he’s Rahjaaa, and if you knew him, you’d give him a page from your book too.
And, you’d probably pay him for it and never think about it twice.