Monday, October 27, 2008

happy birthday to steve

Happy birthday to the man who went to Walgreen's yesterday and bought the last wheelchair in stock so I wouldn't be in so much pain. (Not a wheelchair, actually — a transport chair. I can't steer it myself, except by putting my feet on the ground or groping along the walls.) Happy birthday to the man who spent his lunch hour taking me and my transport chair to the doctor and wheeled me to get an x-ray, who left work again early to take me to get a CT scan when the x-ray proved inconclusive. Happy birthday to the father who takes time to have fun with his sons. Happy birthday to my sweet, supportive, wonderful, patient husband. Happy birthday to my best friend and my deepest love.

There were things I wanted to do for him this year, things I would have done if I hadn't ended up in so much pain and unable to walk. Bake him a cake. Wrap his present all the way. Bring him breakfast in bed. Instead, we took two separate trips to the doctor and hospital, and he practiced the art of getting me from car to wheelchair. "That's not what's important," he said, when I told him I wished I could have done more. It's true. And I hope I'll be here next year to do those things for him.

We both are the proud, kooky owners of new glasses, and both of us think our spouses look damn sexy in them. Our bespectacled selves went out to eat tonight and sat in the corner of the restaurant laughing and singing along with the 80s music on the loudspeaker and staring at each other. And that's the most important thing. Happy 40th birthday to the man who always manages to make me laugh, even when I'm in deep pain.

21 comments:

MrsSpock said...

Happy Birthday Steve! Both pairs of glasses look faaabulous!

LutherLiz said...

Happy Birthday Steve! Emilie is so blessed to have you as her partner in life and you are a great father. Many blessings this coming year!

Mary said...

What a wonderful man to have in your life. I can imagine that it is really hard to need him for so many things, yet I am sure that he would rather do nothing else than care for you however he can. It is wonderful that he makes you laugh! I pray that he will be blessed with all of the strength, courage and endurance that he needs. And you too.

anti-supermom said...

I'm thinking about you and your birthday husband.

You really are a beautiful pair.

Julie said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday, Steve! I can't imagine what you're both going through right now, but my prayers are with you many times everyday. You are both so inspirational!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday!

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday Steve.. you are a true blessing to your family!!

Christina said...

The glasses are the FIRST thing I noticed in that picture. Very striking!

It is clear you have found a wonderful partner in Steve. When it came to that most important decision of spouse, Em, you chose well!

kristine said...

Happy Birthday Steve!

Love the glasses guys!
Emilie - your post made me bawl my eyes out here. I am sitting here crying and Graycen came to me and said "It's ok Mommy." yep, I cried more.

Alex and Jill said...

Happy Birthday to your man!

This post brought tears to my eyes...I'm praying you are here to celebrate MANY MORE birthdays to come, Emilie.

You guys are a precious couple and you both look hot in your new glasses! :)

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday Steve!! I love the glasses on both of you - so very fun!

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

He's a wonder. Happy birthday, Steve! And tres chic glasses, you two :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Steve,
Happy Birthday to you.

When a wife has cancer, there are some husbands who give only mediocre support. Then there are husbands who give good support. And then there are husbands like Steve.

- Susanne

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Steve!

--Laura S.

Mrs. Fire Family said...

What a touching and beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. I like both of your glasses. They are both very stylish. It is a cute picture of you both. Happy Birthday to your husband. After reading your post I realized that I need tell my husband how much I love and appreciate him. Your husband sounds like an angel.

Dora said...

Happy birthday Steve! Hoping next year will be a great celebration.

What a beautiful post, Emilie. Love the glasses!

Jen J said...

Happy Birthday Steve!

I agree with the others, Emilie is so blessed to have you by her side on this journey. You are a wonderful husband and an amazing father.

God's blessings throughout this year!

jennifer V. said...

Happy 40th Steve! You will have a great time out with the guys on Thursday!

Steve is as lucky as you to have each other in your lives. You complete each other so well.

Roxy said...

Wow - those beautiful boys have HOT parents!!!

Happy Birthday Steve - you are an incredible man!

Piccinigirl said...

Happy *belated* birthday Steve. You are both AMAZING people!!!!!

Rebecca said...

Steve - happy birthday!!! I love the new glasses - both of you. You look so happy in that photo. You demonstrate that happiness isn't about the perfectly wrapped gift or well-coordinated breakfast in bed. It's about being there for and with the ones we love.