I hope you had a good day today. You probably spent today being a totally fun and involved dad, because you totally blow me away with how you do that job. Everyone who has watched you parent, comes away with reports of patience, thoughtful discipline, love and enjoyment. How great to do that important job so well!
You and I have something that no one else in the world can share: we get where each other came from….like no one else does. Since we are 14 months apart (and all the rest of those siblings came at least 7 years later), we had many of the same experiences: the same learning-how-to-be-parents parents, the same houses (in Va, Ut, Wy, Ca), the same memories of hanging out with the Christensens, making up games in that suite in San Fransisco, re-enactments of Star Wars, the log we kept of the songs on the radio.
You were my first best friend.
You are funny. You tell the truth. You love deeply. You change yourself to become better. You love the Lord and serve him. You are smart. You are athletic. You deserve a great birthday and a great year.
I feel lucky that I got to grow up with you.