Some people are transformers by their very nature. My brother-in-law, Tony, whose “birfday” is today is just that kinda guy.
They say that inspired peoples’ energy changes the atmosphere. From the time this wide-eyed 12-year old girl met this hurricane of a man, Tony has made an impact on every room he enters.
Full disclosure: He was my sister’s boyfriend, but I had a HUGE crush on him.
These were the days of Saturday Night Fever, and man could this Italian heartthrob DANCE. He didn’t have practiced, official moves. But he tore it up with his own Northeast Philly disco swagger.
I loved when HE offered to pick me up after the middle-school dance. He’d strut up to the cafeteria, cigarette in hand, John Travolta-like hair – and collect ME. Yep, I was the luckiest girl at Cleary Junior High.
Oh, and he can SING, too. No, he never really knows the words, but they’re always on key. He does a MEAN Elvis and, had the course of his life gone a different way, I have no doubt he would be some kind of an entertainer.
Tony DiBacco is surely a star in my universe.
With my father’s death just a couple of years before Tony entered the picture, we three Costello girls were kind of somber. Mom had to try and simply maintain the inner and outer workings of running a household, while valiantly serving as mom AND dad to her 15-year-old, Shirlee, and 10-year-old me.
There was no Christmas tree for us the year after Daddy died.
Then Tony swept Shirlee off of her feet and we then experienced SUPER-SIZED Christmases. So many presents! So much fun opening them! He would shake every box elaborately and try to guess what was inside.
Tony, to this day, brings electricity to any party. He constantly cracks one-liners, is unfailingly generous, as handsome as ever…and today, when thinking about our Word of the Week, Transformation, it felt right to devote the column to him.
Tony, I love you. Thanks for being a wonderful brother and husband to my sissy. Thanks for always being full of life and fun. You are a treasure!
I pondered how to transform my own life in 2018, and hope you will understand and support a big decision I reveal in this week’s video:
Looking forward to wearing my forgiving clothes with you over the next two weeks!
And feel free to wish Tony a Happy Birfday (he never pronounces the “th”) in the comments!