Nick’s 44th birthday is today and while my brain reflects on all the years, my one overriding thought is that we have had three times as many birthdays as we were told to expect. Lots more candles, smiles, songs, presents, cakes, hugs and happy days. There were many hard things for Nick and the rest of our family, but today I seem to only remember the good things.
We never really know what the future will bring. Oh, we often expect that the path of our lives will continue on the same way that they have been but that is truly an unrealistic expectation.
We are in Ireland and although we have had some beautiful weather, today is stormy. The wind is blowing and the rain is falling sideways. Our outdoor furniture has been blown over and it could very well be November here in Inishowen instead of the middle of August.
And yet. It is a glorious day. Just ask Nick. It is his day and he is happy. Some of the things we had thought we would do today will need to be postponed, some we still can do. But the main thing is when we put him in his bed tonight at the end of the day, he will tell us that he had a fun time today.
I hope that we all can learn to look past the rain, wind and clouds in our lives and see that we have a fun day in the midst of the storm. That is what I am trying to do.
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