Gus was born 21 years ago this moment. I wish I’d baked his 21st birthday cake. He probably would have requested German Chocolate with Coconut Pecan Icing. Instead a friend made him a pie sized (cookie?) which he enjoyed at 10:43 p.m. PST at Stanford’s Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake south of Lake Tahoe. Proof titled “It’s My Birthday in Maine!” arrived via e-mail at 1:43 a.m. this morning.
I’m writing because I’m grateful for the support this blog has received since late October. It was launched as the result of Gus’s brother’s email request for a recipe. I responded with the one for Pumpkin Harvest Muffins and Nate emailed back: Pumpkin Harvest Muffins. Needing an illustration he co-opted Nick’s Instagram of the jack-o-lantern he carved in Los Angeles. The rest is not exactly history since we’ve committed to doing this for at least a year.
Awareness about Celiac Disease and a GF lifestyle has changed a lot in 15 years. I’m not certain how I would have used the information on Gluten Free Gus and similar blogs and websites had it been available when Gus was diagnosed at age 6 with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease. It pleases me that so many have taken our recipes and ideas and incorporated them into their own gluten-free/wheat free lives. Thank you for your willingness to bake, make, experiment, and share. I appreciate your generosity and trust.
Happy Birthday Gus! It’s because of you we’re on a path that has informed and enriched our lives in ways we never could have predicted. You da man! You da 21 year old man! We’ve loved all 7,665 days of your life. Wish we were with you to eat GF cake!
Big hugs from Maine!