Happy Birthday, Laura!
Imagine if your birthday fell the day after one of the biggest party days of the year. Your friends would all be recovering from the previous evening’s festivities and your family, if they didn’t live near you, would all be traveling back home to prepare for the upcoming work week. Doesn’t sound too much fun, huh? Well, my wife, Laura, happens to have that luck. Her birthday is today, January 2nd, which means that each year most of our friends are recovering on her birthday and the thought of alcohol, spending more money and going out are enough to make them pull the covers back over their head and go back to sleep, even if it is one of their friends’ birthdays.
Each year I dedicate my blog to Laura for her birthday. Yes, yes, I also buy her flowers, take her out for dinner (or cook dinner) and have celebratory champagne. But, since we no longer call the radio stations to dedicate songs to our loved ones, I always figured the next best thing in the digital age is to dedicate your blog, right?
If you’ve missed the previous years you can check out how we (and by we, I mean me and YOU) wished her a Happy Birthday in 2010 and 2009. The past 2 years have put a big smile on her face, and while I can’t convince her to record a thank-you video, she has always been grateful.
While 2009 had been a crazy year with launching New Marketing Labs, relocating to Boston and getting married, 2010 brought about plenty of its own challenges and memories. 2010 saw another spike in my travel for the first half of the year or so with me on the road so much that we didn’t count the days that I was gone, but instead, used the number of hours or days that I was home, as our measuring stick. Both of my offices, NML and Caminito, kept me spending long days at work and typing until the wee hours of the night, thus not providing us a lot of opportunity to spend together. Unfortunately, Laura also spent much of the year battling some medical issues that left her in pain and worn down.
We did manage to sneak away for a few weekend getaways including Martha’s Vineyard for our one-year wedding anniversary, Ogunquit, Maine and Newport, Rhode Island. Add those weekends to our date nights and days filled with exploring Boston and 2010 was packed with wonderful memories and lots of laughter.
I wouldn’t have wanted to share any of those memories with anyone else except for her. She is my best friend, biggest supporter and my sounding board. I know in the future, when we have children, she will be a wonderful mother to them.
What I said last year sums up truly how much she means to me and how very fortunate I feel to be married to her:
I am so fortunate to be married to such a wonderful person. She is incredibly beautiful, smart, loving, understanding and everything I ever dreamed of. Every day I think that I’m going to wake up from that dream.
I would never be able to do all that I do without her support and for that I will always be thankful and indebted to her.
So, as I do every year, I’m asking you to stop by and leave a comment wishing her a Happy Birthday. Share it with your friends and family, ask them to stop by too.
Oh and in case you were wondering what song I would dedicate to her over the radio, it would be the same song that I had playing when I proposed to her and was also the same one we shared our first dance to when we got married. The video is below for your enjoyment:
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