Happy Birthday, Gary!

I promise, no over-the-hill or turning-40 jokes! I passed on tombstone-shaped candles or Grim Reaper balloons, with some effort, and I took the day off to spend Gary’s birthday with him yesterday.

It was a hectic day from the moment we woke up, and not quite the quiet, snuggly day we had been hoping for, but we finished up the day at the kids’ soccer games and had a great time. I reminded the kids to give their dad his 40 birthday spanks, so they chased him around and delivered the spanking, plus a few extra to grow on. My hope is Gary will forget about birthday spanks by the time my birthday rolls around in April!

The kids still have a tough time when it is time to leave. They don’t really understand everything that has been going on, or what is going to happen, and all they are left with is their fear. It will take patience and reassurance and time (and a lot of love) to help them feel steady and secure again.

After all this time apart, I was glad the kids got to spend some time with their father on his birthday. Later that night, as we drove back home, Gary thanked me for driving him to see the kids. It is hard for him to leave them too, but he always jokes with them, holds them, teases a reluctant smile and finally laughter out of them before he leaves, with promises that they will see him again.

Oh, before I forget: Sunflower scored a goal last night, and we got a picture of her victory strut!

*Birthday cat image courtesy of Part-Eaz*

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I am endlessly trying to make sense of a world that has completely and unapologetically lost its mind.
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9 Responses to Happy Birthday, Gary!

  1. furiousBall says:

    Happy Birthday Gary!

  2. Hope his day was a good one!!When in April is yours? April is the Best Month to have a birthday!!

  3. Crys says:

    Happy Birthday to Gary!!!You should change tradition to Birthday hugs instead of spanks just in time for your birthday πŸ™‚

  4. Crys says:

    Happy Birthday to Gary!!!You should change tradition to Birthday hugs instead of spanks just in time for your birthday πŸ™‚

  5. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day! I’m so glad for all of you that it was.

  6. Happy Birthday, Gary!!!And I agree with Bunny above. April IS the best month to have a birthday!!! (my bday, too!!!!)

  7. Smirking Cat says:

    My birthday is April 22nd (Earth Day!)

  8. I have an April bday too! πŸ™‚ Anyway, happy bday Gary!! And way to go Sunflower!!! WOO HOO!

  9. A belated happy birthday from my corner of the world. πŸ™‚ I’m glad it was a good day.

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