Today is Sue’s birthday. She is turning 29 years old again this year.
The following was written by her earlier today. Enjoy!
12:00 am, April 3, 2009 — Ding…ding… “happy birthday, I love you”. Ryan’s text to me 2 years ago today. He always had to be the first to wish me a happy birthday. I miss Ryan so badly.
1:22 am, April 3, 2011 … Ring…Ring… Singing explodes over my phone: “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…” Kari calling me from a party with everyone singing Happy Birthday to me. This made my day. It was just so amazing for her to call from a college party having everyone sing to her mom.
1:30 am, April 3, 2011… Ring…Ring… “Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you… Ken calling me from the lobby of the hotel in downtown Morgantown. He was waiting for his Rusted Musket food to arrive. Does anyone in my family ever sleep?
Of course, my mom and dad called me first thing this morning to wish me a Happy Birthday. They are the best parents in the world!!
What a wonderful, wonderful family I have. It’s days like this when you sit and think about your family and friends. And I am so blessed to have the best family and friends ever!! I don’t think I could face each day without you.
I’m spending my birthday my boy… my Ryan. I’m sure I’ve hugged and kissed him way too much today, but I kinda do that every day, so he’s probably used to it. I’m going to hear it from him when he wakes up though!!
But, while I miss Ken and Kari terribly I am enjoying my one on one time with Ryan. When the kids were growing up, Ken and I would occasionally each take one kid and do something special with them. I always enjoyed this. I had my special time with Kari last week in NY. What a special time. Although in typical Kari fashion…she wakes me up at 12:30 AM to say she’s hungry and wants a snack. Of course, she’s eyeing the $10 candies in the hotel, but I get up and walk to the Duane Reade to get her munchies. I still spent $10, but she was set and had a 6-pack of water…because, yes, she was afraid to drink the water. She’s a bit high-maintenance…but she has the best heart and is the sweetest daughter ever!!!!
Now the hubby, that’s another story. He is going to walk in the door today and will be checking out everything. He will reach first for the daily tracking chart (my creation – in excel spreadsheet form, of course). He will be looking at the oxygen sats, heart rate, BP, whether I did the HBOT, median nerve stimulator, bone stimulator, and so on. They are all checked off, but, he will be skeptical. He will also be analyzing Ryan’s body. Ken… “Did you stretch him? Me…”yes”… Ken…”Well, he smells like lotion, but did you stretch him? I think his fingers are tight, and his legs, well, they seem tight. Why does he have so much lotion on him? He’s sticky? What scent is that? Could you at least use something manly?”
I pray he does not have any red marks or scratches. I will never hear the end of it. And (and I hate to mention this), but since it is the first thing he will notice. I knicked him slightly when shaving him. Guys – I don’t know how you shave that hair right below your lip. I just can’t seem to do it. The razor will be taken away from me for a couple of weeks. (But I still have my lotion!!)
Next, he’s be still looking around the house. Hmm…looks clean. Ken – “I’m glad you cleaned, but you should have been stretching Ryan instead.” Me… “I did stretch Ryan.” I’m just a woman and “we” can multi-task! Ok… I won’t say that, but I will think it. But, truth is…some of my wonderful friends stopped by and washed my clothes, floor and dishes. Ladies – you’re the best!! Love ya!!
Ken: “WAIT!! People were in the house? What about the germs?” Me: “They were cleaning and all washed their hands and” … Ken: “BUT, were they wearing masks, gloves…”
But, did I mention it’s my birthday? Yep, he’ll grumble something under his breath, about how he should have never left, but will let it go cause it’s my birthday and he has to be nice! But the razor, well that’s still gone for a while. 🙂