Bob Marley is credited with these words... Possibly incorrectly, but I don't care. They feel good.
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she
may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not
perfect - you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect
together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and
admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the
most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the
day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break -
her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't
expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her
know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.”
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can
completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve
never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and
actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that
will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many
disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful
happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share
in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you
are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do
they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough,
but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that
make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure,
jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around.
You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you
because they love you for who you are. The things that seem
insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become
invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.
Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s
like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant.
Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or
didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you
through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In
their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you
find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never
interested you before become fascinating because you know they are
important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this
person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring
them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on
the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be
broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy
that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the
only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it
scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and
possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems
completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and
security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be
perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think
twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto
him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s
not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him
that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and
don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he
makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not
there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys
don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
I thought I was happy.
I was wrong.
Because today I am truly happy,
As I will be tomorrow
And the day after...
The feelings I have for you,
Making the day before
So I had a couple of extra minutes this morning, and I told JJ that my first birthday wish today was to snuggle in my favorite chair with my baby. Most awesome offspring that he is, he crawled up onto my lap and let me rock with him for a few minutes.
..... ..... .....
Tonight, after everything died down, I told JJ that I had one last birthday wish. "We're going to snuggle in the chair again, aren't we?" he asked.
"Of course," I told him.
"Let me get my blankie..." he sighed.
So, for the second glorious time today, I got to rock with the most amazing kid on the planet. And a short while later, as I carried my sleeping boy up to bed, I realized he granted another wish I hadn't even made.
JJ has an ever-growing collection of fascinating little characters called Skylanders. I won't bore you (or me) with the back story... Suffice to say, they are a brilliant marketing ploy designed to get the exasperated parents of persistent children to fork over large sums of cash in exchange for pieces of plastic that require even more expensive pieces of plastic in order to work. So JJ has about ten of these little buggers... And tonight, as I was preparing dinner, at my darling son's direction, they staged a war against me.
Carefully, JJ brought his box of Skylanders from the den to the kitchen doorway. One by one, he gently and lovingly removed each figure from its cardboard home, greeted it by name, and placed it on the floor facing me. Once everyone was in place, JJ moved the box to the side, and pointing at me, declared, "There she is, gentlemen... the enemy. You will take her down in three, two..."
Quickly, I interrupted, "But if I am fighting your army of Skylanders, who will take our delicious pizza out of this very hot oven?"
With wide eyes and a look of outright panic, the Skylanders' once fearless leader jumped to action and ordered, "EVERYBODY BACK IN THE BOX!"
“When you have come to the edge of all light that you have known and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.”