My wife, Sue, had her birthday anniversary yesterday. We spent the day at the hospital. Ryan had minor surgery to remove a stent between his kidney and bladder that was placed there to treat a nasty kidney stone condition (infection and blockage). All-in-all, it went well. It was the “least sucky” I suppose it could have been.
We returned home around six o’clock in the evening and ordered Japanese takeout. She was fast asleep by ten. I expected Ryan to have a rough night with discomfort and swore I would not wake her. Turns out, Ryan had a restful night and I was able to get some sleep too!
In spite of everything, her day turned out to be very special. It was my daughter, Kari, that did it.
It happened shortly after we returned home with Ryan from the hospital. Sue was on her iPad reading all the posts on her Facebook wishing her a happy birthday. I see her smiling the whole time. Then, unexpectedly, she begins to cry. I recognize that it’s not tears of sadness, but joy. I ask her what’s pulling at her heartstrings.
Sue: Did you read what Kari wrote to me?
Ken: No. Would you read it to me?
Sue begins reading it, but can’t even pull herself together enough to finish the first sentence. Here is what she wrote:
Nothing hurts me more than my mom having to spend her birthday today in the hospital with Ry… My mom would do anything for my brother and me and is the most inspirational and strongest woman I know. I honestly have NO idea how she does it.
She works and travels daily to make money for Ryan’s care and hospital bills and is constantly there for me every second of everyday whenever I need her. I can’t believe how much she does for my family and Ryan and I are so beyond lucky to call her our mom.
Sometimes I feel selfish when I need her but she always helps me through whatever I’m going through. I know Ryan can’t say it, but he knows she’s there and I know it comforts him. We are the luckiest two kids in the world to have my mom and I can honestly say that my mom has become a best friend to me and I would be so lost without her.
I love you mommy more than words and hope you can smile and have a good birthday today. No one deserves it more than you. Happy birthday, ya young broad.
So, to my daughter, I tell you that you made your mom’s birthday special. Very special, indeed. Good job and well done… and thank you for coming through in such a big way. Your words meant the world to her.