Happy Birthday, "Papaa"

Thank you for making us laugh.
Thank you for that giant balloon.
Thank you for the electronic voodoo you do.
Thank you for dinner. That one, and that one. That one too.

Thank you for raising the love of my life.

Thank you for the living proof of what love makes possible.
Thank you for having the perfect reaction to the worst circumstances.
Thank you for making us angry enough to change.
Thank you for all of that bacon.
Thank you for loving your hunny and for bringing her into our lives.

Thank you for Danny’s wavy hair.

Thank you for the directions.
Thank you for calling me daughter that last time when it would have been easier to just say my name and easier still to say nothing at all.
Thank you for music, and for the way that it has shaped our family.
Thank you for holding out the net.
Thank you for the flowers.
Thank you for your words of wisdom about airplanes.
Thank you for taking all of those pictures.
Thank you for loving my baby.

Thank you for missing my babies.
Thank you for taking leap after leap of faith for love of your family.
Thank you for your boundless hope.
Thank you for wanting to live.

Thank you for choosing to be happy.
Thank you for the privilege of telling your stories, it is an honor to remember you.
October, 2011

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