Today is my second oldest son's birthday.
It's a good drawing, isn't it? (Told ya that my sons have lots and lots of artistic talent, didn't I?)
While my second oldest son is not a cowboy, he is many other things.
He is a high school algebra teacher who has found his true vocation in life: a passion for trying to pass on--with humor whenever possible, but always with a firm demand for respect and hard work from his students--a better understanding of and love for mathematics.
He is also a high school football and lacrosse coach, who enjoys the challenge of trying to pass on--with humor whenever possible, but always with a firm demand for respect and hard work from his players (do you see a pattern here?)--a better understanding of and love for those two sports.
He is his four brothers' biggest fan, and places the utmost importance on the value of family ties. When he gave the best man's speech at his older brother's wedding in 2009, he set the bar so high--they laughed, they cried, they stood and cheered!--that now the rest of our boys are dreading having to follow in his footsteps. (Which they will have to do, because brothers make the best best men. They have already decided amongst themselves that since #2 was the best man for #1, #3 will be the best man for #2, #4 will be the best man for #3, #5 will be the best man for #4, and then #1 will be the best man for #5. It all works out.)
He is a wonderful, thoughtful, sweet, loving son (and a completely unapologetic "momma's boy"). He lives pretty close-by, only about an hour from his childhood home, so we get to see him on a fairly regular basis. We're not going to let him move, unless it's to move back in with us. (Joking! I'm just joking!)
He is a big teddy bear of a man who lives his Faith, loves sporting facial hair, gives the best hugs, is always attuned to the feelings of those about him, has a booming laugh that makes you want to join in, and can tell a funny story like nobody's business. I'm just crazy about this kid!
But I guess I really can't call him a "kid" anymore, can I? At 28, he's a man. And I couldn't be prouder of him.
My husband and I were supposed to drive over to our son's girlfriend's apartment tonight, where there was to be a party in his honor. However, it's doubtful that my husband will make it home from his London trip today--he might make it as far as JFK, but the flights from there to Boston will probably all be cancelled (and I wouldn't be surprised if the birthday party will have to be postponed due to weather as well). We are just getting hammered here with snow! We're having the Nor'easter to beat all Nor'easters!
|That's our driveway out there. (Yes, I'm up at 2:00 a.m.--and since I can't sleep,|
I'm blogging and taking pictures of the snow!)
Just a reminder: there's still time to enter the ornament giveaway contest. If you want a chance to win a hand-crafted Santa ornament, leave me your guess by tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. I'll announce the winner on Monday!