I just wanted to take a moment and for once write a little bit about my life. You see, today is a Very Special Day in our home. We are all helping celebrate the birthday of a very special person, my husband. Please bear with me while I tell you about one of the most important people in my life!
I usually post just a few lines about my life and almost always follow it up with a recipe and a photo. Truth is, I am a very messy cook, and my step by step photos are full of flour clouds, splattering batter, a counter so full of ingredients it steals the spotlight from the image I am trying to show and no one wants to see that!
The same thing goes with my family events. I have a very private family that wishes to share only what THEY choose and then using their own words. I respect that. They are old enough to tell their own stories in their own time.
But some events NEED to be told from an onlookers point of view and this my friends just happens to be one of them. Today, my husband of 38 years is celebrating his 60th birthday.
This man, this son, husband, father, grandfather, pillar of his church and community is celebrating a very important birthday! He is one of the best. Always thinking of others, he takes daily walks and pulls up the empty garbage cans from every neighbors house to their garage doors to lessen the trip they have to make when they need to bring them in from the street. He picks up all the garbage that was dropped when the trash was collected as well as what was caught in the wind. He always rushes to the door to open it for anyone that needs a hand no matter what the situation. In a store if he sees someone struggling with their packages he will carry them all the way to their car. He is a firm believer in “pay it forward” and often tells a worker to take his change to pay for the next person in line when they order from a drive through, get a car wash, or simply get them their next meal in a restaurant. He hands coupons to large familes dining out to help them pay for a night out for dinner.
This man teaches me every day not to be selfish, not to dwell on what I don’t have and to celebrate all the small things in life. He has also shown my two sons that being a man isn’t about dominance and physical strength, but what he carries inside and to remember that there are powers much greater than themselves.
I haved loved this man since I met him over 50 years ago and look forward to celebrating 50 more years with him.
Since he insisted he wanted a store bought cake and pie this year, that is what he got. He didn’t want me in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes all day. He wanted to spend his weekend with family. I wholeheartedly gave him that wish.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Honey! And many more to come. Sto Lat!