Today, is my birthday and I’m 32 years old!
Today, I’m on a beach getting a sand pedicure and camping with my family and one of my closest friends.
Today, I’m honored to share with y’all a post from my Daddy, his very first ever.
Today, I’m not ashamed to tell y’all that I cried when I read this.
Happy Birthday, to me.
Happy Birth Day to my Mama.
I love y’all!
Take it away Dad, (aka: The Grand Old Banjoist)
Monday, 8/7/1978, Tuesday, 11/18/2003, Monday, 11/6/1950, Thursday, 8/20/1914,
Saturday, 4/18/1920, Monday, 2/5/1931
This is not a quiz; these are not dates you have to learn in World or US History. They are very important dates because they are the birth dates of the amazing women of my life.
My Mother – Mary Lou, who taught me story telling requires knowledge of the history of at least three generations of the people involved. (Southern insider humor)
My Step Mom – Fannie, who came into my life after my mother died and gave my father an additional dozen or so years of happiness and life. (thank you is simply inadequate)
My Mother-in-law, Mary Cecil, who has adopted me, loved me, helped me and most of all allowed me to marry her daughter. (I pray for your peace every night)
My Wife – Becky, the greatest gift I have ever been given and I look forward each day to see her new found enthusiasm.
My Granddaughter – Pretty Princess in Pink, who shows me every day that boundless Love, Joy and Happiness, exists in this world if we only look through the eyes of a child who is loved.
And finally, the real subject of this posting,
My Daughter- Rachel. Happy Birthday! While you may be 32 years old, my mind and heart still sees you as 5 minutes old, then 5, 10, 16, and 22 years old. I get to see glimpses of you whenever I see Princess. I now understand why grandparents so love their grandchildren. I get to spend time with a reflection of my daughter but this time without any hang-ups of being “THE FATHER”. I am so very proud of all that you have accomplished and all you take on. Most of all my heart is filled with joy that you have chosen to spend this far too short a time staying home with your children. As Dee said many times, you will have plenty of time to keep a straight house and an immaculate lawn AFTER they are grown. Thank you for seeing the wisdom in his story. I look forward to watching the day to day story of my daughter’s life.
I Love you, I am very proud of the woman that you are and I am grateful that Nate came along. If he hadn’t I would probably have had to shoot several guys who didn’t measure up. Even here in the south that might have gotten me in trouble.
You certainly hold your own as a member of the amazing women in my life and I am much better for it.