My birthday today: I’m so old! The angels are amazed!


just me 01

365 days ago I was just past my 54th year. Now I’m 366 days [leap year] away from beginning my first day into my 58th year. It being that today is my birthday completing 56 years after birth.

just me 02When I say that I’m really old, my parishioners who really are old get upset with me, telling me just to wait until I really am old, and then I’ll know the truth of it. But I don’t think they realize the insane nonsense I put my body through with extreme sports, as least the kind I could imagine back in the 1960s. So, I feel older than I am, I think. Rough life at times.

just me 03My mom said I was the quietest kid ever. Never a peep, she said. I pressed her on this, and she insisted. I never cried for food as a baby, nothing, just a quiet kid. They’re the biggest troublemakers, though. ;-) I got into a terrible amount of trouble, some of which I didn’t figure out until it was too late. My first escapades with the mafia were just as a kid. I’ve touched on some of that before. I’m thinking I should put it all up again. A bit of a fright. A taste of things to come.

just me 04Meanwhile, extreme sports continued into teenage years. I didn’t know it at the time, but I kind of suspected that I was totally destroying my knees. That was the case. I know it now. But I was really happy at the time. Perhaps too happy go lucky for my own good. If it was crazy, I figured I could do it no problem. That attitude has followed me throughout my life.

birthday cakeI just received two really obnoxious e-cards from two prisoners entitled hoops and yoyo. They are from Father Gordon J MacRae and Pornchai Maximilian Moontri. Very nice. A great birthday present!

Mass and Communion Calls totaled seven hours today. At one of the Communion Calls I received this wonderful home-made birthday cake. Tasty, I must say. Thank you!

Here’s some of the snowy scenery I saw today on Communion Calls:


This next picture encapsulates one of the most visited places in these USA, the Nantahala Gorge, famous for world championship kayaking competitions. It’s half as much more deep than can be seen here. Just to let you know how much of an idiot I am, the thought that comes into my head is to take a pair of downhill skies and climb to the top of the far ridge and explode off the top and down through the rocks and cliffs and trees at breakneck speed. But actually, I wouldn’t do it, seeing that there’s not enough snow in Western North Carolina. My fall back as a kid in such circumstances was an extreme sport I invented myself, not to be replicated at home[!]….

winter nantahala gorge

It amounts to pretending I have downhill skies strapped to my feet, and then hopping down a super steep mountainside, both feet together, as if tied together, with each bound being as much as twenty or more feet because of the steepness. This is really hard on the knees, especially if there’s a lot of distance to cover. But it’s an incredibly quick way down a mountain. Tightly tied on ankle top tennis shoes and thick tied-on gloves are the way to go. The occasional hidden cliff can be heart-stopping. You have to “see” such things in advance, judging the tree top canopy variance. I really am way too old for that kind of thing now.

I think that it is in doing such things that I began to get to know my guardian angel rather well. I guess I’ve taken advantage of him like this throughout my life, until today. Perhaps that’s a sin. He’s very patient with me. I’ve really pushed him, more recently, with exploits with chainsaws and jeeps. Perhaps I’ll tell some of those stories another day. I’m amazed that he’s gotten me through another year. I shouldn’t be. He’s an angel, right? But he might also be amazed that he’s gotten me through another year! Thanks guardian angel!


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25 responses to “My birthday today: I’m so old! The angels are amazed!

  1. Luis V

    Happy Birthday Father George. We are so blessed to have you in our little parish. God bless you even more.

  2. Lara

    Happy Birthday, Father!

  3. sanfelipe007

    Happy birthday, Father! Great stories.

  4. meshugunah

    Happy Birthday from one old fogey to another…Somewhere our angels are swapping “war stories”…

  5. Ah Father, you’re not the only kid who kept your guardian angel on his toes. Hope you have a very happy birthday and many, many more. If you eat ginger root it may help your knees. I scoffed at this until I tired it. Can’t hurt and it just might help. Meantime, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  6. James W. Anderson

    Happy Birthday Fr. George! I remember a lot of those stories that you posted during your hermit days.

  7. Charlene

    Dear Father George, I wish you a very HAPPY and BLESSED birthday! And may your guardian angel help keep you safe as you roll around the hills serving your parishioners!! Peace,

  8. belated Happy Birthday, Father, and many thanks to your guardian angel for keeping you safe.

  9. pelerin

    Birthday Greetings Father from across the pond! Thank you for sharing those family photos with us. Sometimes I think we tend to forget that Priests were once children too and seeing your photos reminds us that this was indeed so. The Priest baptising a future Priest I find particularly moving ….thank you.

  10. Gary Woodams

    Happy Birthday Father From a frequent summer visitor to your parish

  11. Cathe D.

    Happy Birthday Father George!! I’ve been to that number and it’s not so bad…lol Have a wonderful and blessed year!

  12. Rory O'Callaghan

    Happy birthday, George, from one Mom’s quietest kid ever to another:-) X

  13. Stephen.Round.

    Happy birthday Father George.

  14. Angela

    Happy Birthday! May God bless you!

  15. Love the update. LOL!

  16. Happy birthday, Father Byers! You have certainly lived life to the fullest!

    I was blessed by my guardian angel or the Holy Spirit in a different way when I was 12. It is then that I had a very profound realization that I’d be stuck in my body for a really long time, and thus, must take really good care of it! I knew that this knowledge was a gift from God, and I never doubted his existence again. At my age, I don’t have the signs of ageing that most of my cohorts do. I was also able to have children into my 40s with no assistance from medicine.

  17. elizdelphi

    Happy birthday, Father. I remain hopeful you’ll write an autobiography eventually.

  18. Father George David Byers

    @ elizdelphi – Did you read the chapters I was able to put up on the old blog?

  19. elizdelphi

    Yes! And it was fascinating so I hoped it would continue. It’s a shame for everything that was on the old blog to be buried.

  20. Father George David Byers

    Thank you. Maybe the break was good. A fresh start.

  21. pelerin

    Have just seen the update and burst out laughing in spite of the headache, sore throat and dripping nose! Boy I needed that.

  22. Liz

    Happy Birthday, Father! What a great post! I’m sure glad my guardian angel prompted me to pray for you extra at mass this morning. We will say a Divine Mercy chaplet for your intentions later today. God bless and keep you, Fr. George! p.s. I still want to read a book of your life story. I still remember reading all about your First Holy Communion.

  23. Liz

    p.p.s. I guess my guardian angel prompted me to pray for you for other reasons seeing as I’m two days late in my intentions.

  24. SognPlaci

    Happy birthday, old man!

  25. Father George David Byers

    @ SognPlaci – Are you not older than me?

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