his joyful presence

i had a joint birthday celebration with a high school batchmate last night (up to the wee hours this morning :o). so batchmates were arriving one by one greeted with the usual, hi, hello, how are you... suddenly, one batchmate arrives and there were shrieks and excited HI!!!!!!!!!!!!-HELLLOOOOOOOO!!!s. i was about to conclude he was our most popular batchmate when i realize the excitement was due as much (?) to his presence as to the presence of a platter of cold cuts goodies in his hands.

ah, batchmates...

; )