Last week was my birthday and I didn't
feel very well waking up on that morning.
I went downstairs for breakfast
hoping my husband would be pleasant
and say, 'Happy Birthday!', and possibly have a small present for me.
As it turned out, he barely said good morning, let alone ' Happy Birthday.'
I thought.... Well, that's marriage for you, but the kids....They will remember.
My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast and didn't say a word..
So when I left for the office,
I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.
As I walked into my office,
my handsome Boss Rick, said,
'Good Morning, lady, and by the way
Happy Birthday ! ' It felt a little better
that at least someone had remembered.
I worked until one o'clock , when Rick knocked on my door and said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day outside,
and it is your Birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me..'
I said, 'Thanks, Rick, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day.
We went to lunch. But we didn't go where we normally would go.
He chose instead a quiet bistro
with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.
On the way back to the office,
Rick said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day... We don't need to go straight back to the office, Do We?'
I responded, 'I guess not.
What do you have in mind?'
He said, 'Let's drop by my place,
it's just around the corner.'
After arriving at his house,
Rick turned to me and said,
If you don't mind, I'm going to step
into the bedroom for just a moment.
I'll be right back.' 'Ok.' I nervously replied.
He went into the bedroom and,
after a couple of minutes, he came out
carrying a huge birthday cake ...
Followed by my husband my kids, and dozens of my friends and co-workers,
all singing 'Happy Birthday'.
And I just sat there....
On the couch....
- I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.