Today is Mark's birthday. (I won't say which one cause I think he might be a little sensitive about the number.) He doesn't really enjoy birthdays, not in the way that I do, celebrating myself for a month and buying presents often. Instead he kinda hunkers down and pretends that it's another ordinary day, waiting for the 24 hour period to be over. I don't really understand the desire to be so staid, but I honor his wishes to his own type of celebration to the best of my ability.
Still I feel he needs to celebrate himself -- or at least have me do it -- because he is an awesome human being. Mark:
- takes in the laundry and drops it off, which is why I don't go to work naked
- helped my friend Melissa rescue two badly abused dogs
- kills all sorts of scary bugs, including much hated waterbugs and dreaded moths (I'm a knitter, need I say more)
- did all the Sherpa work on the Critter Knitters project
- is a great cook
- agreed to adopt the evil cattens, even though the adoption of Samwise came as somewhat of a surprise to him at 3 AM in Australia
- is a great ahem
- fell in love with a dog and through this act has opened my eyes and heart to the magic of canines
- has put up with my Tolkien fixation
- never, ever mentions the ever-growing yarn pile or the fact that I need additional bookcases for my knitting books
- is all those good things that a boy scout is, plus
- has taken great care of me when I'm sick (I can be rather high maintenance)
- is a wonderful husband
- does all the "honey-do" things plus a ton more things I can't even begin to write down
- is going to be a wonderful dad
Mark, I know that you're reading this over your morning coffee. I'm sure you were expecting more self-deprecating humor about being pregnant or something about another bad dream I had or more angst about waiting for that return call to finally get an appointment.
Well, this morning, I wanted to let you know how much I love you and that I would marry you a thousand times over and that I'm so incredibly happy you are in my life.
Happy birthday, sweetie, with many more happily shared ones to come.