We have lots of family birthdays to keep track of in January and February
There's my Dad, my father-in-law, my sister-in-law, a couple sisters, three nieces, at least three aunts, and two uncles not to mention some dear friends and my parents' anniversary
I spend a ton of money on cards in December, stocking up for all the celebrations I'll send by mail these first couple months of the new year
It is one of my favorite things to do - celebrate other people and let them know how happy I am they were born and how lucky I am to be a part of their life and they a part of mine
But February 3rd is one of my favorite birthdays to celebrate
It is the birthday of a very special guy who has brought so much love, light and countless laughs to my world
When Lucy was little, he was the one guy she just could not get enough of
She loved him with all her heart
Where ever he was, she wanted to be
Where ever she went, Lucy wanted him to be with her
Lucy would not go to bed without a snuggle and a kiss from her favorite guy
If he was not in her line of sight or they were not in the same room, she'd call his name until they found one another
She said his name long before she said Mumma
Her love and admiration for him knew no bounds
As she grew and matured, she started to need him less and less
Eventually, it got to a point where she would venture places without him and started to entertain herself without his constant company though he would still get snuggles and hugs on the side
Lucy is now fast approaching 12 and he is not as prominent in her mind and world
But, she shared with me the other day, he would probably always be one of her favorite guys and someday, she hopes her own kids will love him as much as she did
So Happiest of Birthdays to the guy who has made Lucy and I laugh, taught us valuable lessons about being kind, not being afraid, asking questions when we don't understand something and mostly, just being there when we needed him with unconditional love and lots of warms snuggles.............
Happy Birthday Elmo!!!!
You are our favorite fuzzy red guy and we hope you have the best birthday ever!
Turns out, Elmo shares a birthday with our other favorite guy who is not as fuzzy or as red but who:
loves us unconditional
gives us snuggles and hugs when we need them most
fixes whatever we break
makes us feel safe when we're scared
lets us ask questions when we don't understand something even if it means he has to pause the movie 7 times, rewind it at least twice so we can watch the scene again and still has to explain the sub-plot to us when the movie ends
can figure out what we did wrong on the Lego set and will take it apart, build it back up (correctly) and hand it back to us to triumphantly finish (and take all the credit!)
clears the snow so we don't slip and fall
drives us up Mt Washington every year so we can take in a view we never get tired of
plays endless games with us and almost always lets us win (though Monopoly brings out something scary and competitive in him)
makes us laugh
dries our tears
handles our mood swings (for the most part) like a pro with kindness, patience and chocolate
always lets me have the last of the Branston pickle
has brought more light, love, laughs and hugs into our world than I know what to do with
and who outranks Elmo as being our favorite guy.....
Happiest of birthdays to you as well Sean
You are one in a million and you are all ours
Or am I one in a million and all yours?
Either way, you are appreciated, celebrated and loved not just today on Elmo's Birthday (and yours) but every day