My wife’s birthday is today. In the past 48 hours, she has received:
- More than 100 posts to her Facebook wall wishing her a happy birthday
- A dozen or so cards through the mail
- A number of texts wishing her a happy birthday, including one from a former student
- Half a dozen phone calls doing the same
In that same period of time, I have received:
- Three texts telling me to wish her a happy birthday
- One instant message regarding a possible birthday gift for her
- A sternly written email warning that I “Best be taking very good care of your lovely wife today!”
- A text from a friend who was equally astonished with the outpouring of Facebook birthday love that she has received
And this isn’t even a milestone birthday for her.
I’ve always known that my wife is is loved by all, but this is getting a little out of hand.
It leaves me with two questions:
1. How did I ever manage to marry this person? Seriously. I suspect that many of her friends and family often wonder the same thing.
There are these moments (more frequent than you might guess) when I look upon my wife and no longer see Elysha Dicks. Instead, I see Elysha Green, that beautiful, funny, clever woman who I could never hope to marry.
I call them Elysha Green Moments, and they literally take my breath away.
2. What kind of outpouring will I receive in a month when I celebrate my 40th birthday?
I’m guessing not nearly as much.