For the last week leading up until today, it’s been a process formatting how I’d even put my thankfulness into words.. let alone in eloquent form (without getting so soppy that the divulgence in thought would be translated into boogers and tears running down my face..) but here’t goes.
For the last 25 years I’ve been graced by your presence and vicariously blessed with your strength, perseverance and unmatched brain. I thank god for this, because if I would’ve been even a fragment more like dad, I’d be an (uncontrollable) loose cannon. 🤯
You effortlessly light up lives with dinners, coffee gatherings... you even make mechanics smile when you graciously tip them for overpriced oil changes (who does this?). You’re crafty and fun, you manage to turn any house into a home with the finest painting and decorating skills I’ve ever seen. You dress to the 9’s every single day; and even when Lex and I were too young to understand life’s fiscal difficulties, you never let $5 or $500 define who you are or what you bring to the table. You convinced us that life has no room for people with a heart sized too small. You raised us with grace, compassion, (then) unforeseen sacrifice, that I now know was the hope and dream of having kids surpass your expectations.
You’ve given up your whole life, literally every facet, to raise my sister and I; never once left us deserted, unloved, unfed, undressed. And though I mention this to you now, and you shrug at the notion (because as you say: “this is what parents are SUPPOSED TO DO”) - nothing about anything you’ve ever done has gone unnoticed, or unappreciated.
You define what it means to be both parents and what it means to be committed. You’re brilliant, your meatloaf is always on point, and you GET life.
You bring peace to all offerings. You take nothing more than what you come with, and yet the deposit that’s left with all who encounter your loving transaction(s) are remembered - forever.
This is something I can never, and wouldn’t ever take for granted. This is why I’m so proud and happy to be your kid.
Thank you ma. For always being you. For being my biggest blessing.
Happy 55th 🎂
I love you❤️