For those that are long time readers, the people that are mentioned in my blog are almost characters in a book. It’s fun to see folks that read the blog meet my friends for the first time. It’s almost as if they know them! Rodney is one of those characters. He and his wife, Pat, have been our best friends for twelve years now. I have never had friends for that long. We have traveled together, celebrated together, watched our kids grow up, mourned together (especially when Rodney’s mom, Kat, died last July. I called her my mom too), and laughed together. When we were losing everything and about to lose our minds, they threw us in their backseat and took us to Utah for four days to play. We go to New Mexico together and plan our respective homesteads. They are moving to Pueblo this year along with Rodney’s dad, Rod. These are my people.
Today Rodney turns fifty. I think that is a monumental success and reason to celebrate. We have all lost friends that did not make it to fifty. This is a gift, a blessing, and I am blessed to still call this man my friend. We have a lot in common spiritually, and our families have really melded into one. My granddaughter, Maryjane, calls them Aunt and Uncle, and their son is her best friend (he is 16…that is the sweetest kid) and cousin. We are their grandchildren’s godparents.
So today I just wanted to share this celebration with all of you out there. Happy Birthday to my best friend, travel partner, confidant, and trouble maker. May you get every wish come true! Wishing you health, happiness, love, and peace. And a home by us!
Here’s to friends (clink!) and here’s to Rodney (double clink!)….Raise your coffee cups! Cheers. Happy Birthday, HotRod!