Today is my beloved Captain Cavedweller’s birthday.
The above photo is one that makes my heart melt in about two seconds flat into a puddle around my feet. I love the look on his face, the fact his mother gave this photo into my keeping, and that CC is stylishly pairing cowboy boots with his circa 1975 shirt. I also love that hair.
His mama made the hours-long trek to our house for his birthday and we’ve got a full day planned. Guns and targets, much laughter, and carrot cake will definitely be involved. And presents. CC likes his presents.
Looking through some old photographs, I can’t help but wonder if his mama knew when he was a boy, what a loving, caring, good man he’d grow up to be.
Especially when he did things like give himself a haircut the day before school pictures.
Could she tell he’d be as obsessed (technically, more so) with football now than he was then?
Or that he’d still enjoy learning something new and experiencing adventures.
Or that he wouldn’t outgrow his tendency to rarely be serious. Anyone who knows him well, knows he is all about teasing and joking. It is, in fact, a skill he has finely honed since his boyhood years.
He makes me laugh all the time. Even at times when I’m certain we should be serious – and that has been such a glorious blessing to me.
I could tell from our first date that he was someone special, someone I wanted to get to know. A year later, we wed and life with him has been so sweet.
Today, I want to say thank you to his mama for raising a good, honest, kind boy who grew into a gentle, honorable, wonderful man.
You not only encourage my dreams, but help me chase them.
You make my heart so very happy.
You melt me on a daily basis.
You know how to make even the most simple things so much fun.
You always have my back.
You give me a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold whenever I need it.
You like me when I’m ornery and love me unconditionally.
You make everything so much better, so much sweeter just by being you.
Love you always and forever!