A very special birthday message.

Ryan,

Today you enter your 23rd year of life! Today is all about celebrating you and that makes me super-duper happy. You aren’t one for loving the spotlight nor do you really love being centre of attention. Let’s be honest you aren’t exactly a massive fan of PDA either – but I am, so I thought I would publicly lick your arse for you, after all that’s what birthdays are for right?

Some people come into our lives and barely leave a trace, others leave a string of footprints etched upon our hearts, letting us know they are with us every step we take.

 

First off, let me start by telling you that you are the best person I know. You are loving, caring, welcoming, non-judgemental and forgiving. I have had the privilege of knowing you for a while now and you are still the same today as you were during the first couple of days.

Life sometimes pulls the rug from under our feet, Suddenly we find ourselves lost and not sure how to get back on track. Recently when I thought all hope had gone, you were there to pick me back up, dust me down and inform me that everything was going to be okay. When everyone else was nowhere to be seen you were there cheering me on and giving me that little bit of encouragement to carry on. But that’s you to a tee isn’t it? You are the glue that holds me together when I feel like I am falling apart. You are the anchor to keep me grounded when life has a tendency to blow me away. You are the wind beneath my wings, keeping me going when I feel like giving up.

You have this innate ability to get along with literally anyone, which is such an admirable trait… One that I am still trying to acquire! Your positivity is so infectious, the glass is always “half full” with you.

It’s hard to put it into words just how much you mean to me, because words will never be enough. I know my life wouldn’t be the same without you. We have walked so far, laughed so hard, and cried a lake of tears together. We have climbed each other’s highest peaks, and travelled through the darkest of valleys hand in hand. With you by my side the world seems a better place, the sun? It shines that little bit brighter, my smile? It gets that little bit wider and in that moment, my problems seem so non-existent.

Thank you for being my best friend, for sticking by me when times got tough, for letting me cry into your shoulder. Thank you for letting me pour out my problems to you, for listening and not just replying with what I wanted to hear. Thank you for loving me when nobody else would. More importantly, thank you for staying constant in a world of chaos and change. Thank you for just being there when I need you.

Not only have you been my rock, my anchor and a shoulder to cry upon, you have also taught me many things in life.

You taught me to live without fears, during the days where I had no idea where I was heading you took my hand and guided my way.

You taught me to always be truthful. If something doesn’t suit me you will be the first to let me know. If my make up looks more like a David Dickinson tribute, you’ll be the first to ask me if I am auditioning for an 00mpa-loompa part.

Well, what more can I say? 40 years from now, I still hope to be cushioned under your protective wing. I have not a single doubt that you will still be the person to turn my frown upside down, the person to guide me back on track when I appear to have lost my way and the person who forever carries my tears upon his shoulder.

The world needs more men like you, babe. You are a blessing to our lives and the lives of so many others.

I hope that today brings you the happiness that you deserve, I hope that we are able to do you proud and I hope that this year allows you to do everything that you have you heart set on.

I will love you always.Tamara and Ryan

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