It's time for an entry on my grandson Brett, but first I have another family entry to do: My husband deserves some special recognition.
When my birthday was coming up a couple of weeks ago, he asked me what I wanted. Since I have pretty much everything I want, I told him not to worry about it. Then I reminded him my Internet friends were coming, and that he'd have to take a couple of days' vacation time to guide them around (since I don't drive).
"OK," he responded. "That'll be your birthday present; I'll run your friends around."
"That's as good as anything you could do for me," I told him.
Cliff likes people... no problem there. But no matter what he's doing, and no matter where, he'd ALWAYS prefer to be home. He isn't good at sitting and visiting. In fact, he isn't good at sitting, unless he's worn himself out on our little farm.
He did an excellent job, going far above and beyond the call of duty; especially when you consider he doesn't hear half of what is being said. Not only that, but from what my friends tell me, every time he got any of them away from me, he started telling them what a great person I am. I guess that was his way of making sure my birthday present was the best.
I included all these pictures of Cliff with various kids because he is so patient and loving with children: much more than I am. He helped raise his younger siblings, and was pressed into babysitting before the age of ten, sometimes, when his parents would go out. Perhaps that's what made him such a soft touch for kids.
I believe he has made, and is making, an unforgettable impression on the children in his life. I believe long after he's gone, they'll remember him with fondness. That will be his legacy; I, on the other hand, will likely be remembered as "the old grouch Cliff was married to".
Anyhow, thank you Cliff, for your good heart. Thanks for the pedestal you've placed me on, even knowing my faults. Thanks for telling people I am "the best thing that ever happened to you".
Because you, my love, are the best thing that ever happened to me.