From couch potato to world traveler...Happy birthday to my husband...

A hard working dedicated man, helper around the house, supporter of my every whim, compassionate to my every sorrow and infinitely able to make me laugh when I wanted to cry, my husband Tom has been a rock.

Today, we celebrate his 60th birthday.  The world didn't end of the 21st as he so fervently predicted, leaving us here today to celebrate his special day, the holiday season and our upcoming world travels beginning in a mere 11 days.

Happy birthday, my love.  I commend you for getting up from your former comfy chair, away from your Minnesota Vikings, out from behind your computer endlessly researching your ancestry and freeing yourself from the constant chatter of mindless drivel on TV in the background.

I admire your courage to make this enormous change leaving everyone you know and love behind (except me) to venture out into an unknown world of uncertainty, risk and challenge.

I admire you for leaving behind everything familiar in  your world in which you found the cocoon that comforted you after long day's of work, the unbearable drive to and from, the smell of diesel fuel, and the wrenching exposure to chemicals around you each day.

Reaching for a purpose beyond that which we currently know, you stretch yourself to the limits and I, a loyal follower travel with you. What lies ahead of us on the plains of Africa, the shores of  southern  France, the Mayan ruins, the Great Pyramids remains to be seen.  Together, holding hands, we reach for the stars in the last decades of our lives, fearless, strong and in love.

What more could I ask for?  Nothing.  Nothing more.

So today for the first time on your birthday, I have no gift for you to unwrap. You have no room in your luggage for yet the tiniest of trinkets. 

I give you, Tom Lyman, husband, lover and best friend of mine, ongoing, ongrowing love and devotion combined with an unending curiosity to gain further knowledge of this side of you that I have yet to learn.  This in itself, adds a element of adventure that I anxiously await.

Happy birthday, Tom Lyman, for on this day your 60th birthday as we celebrate with family and friends, you embark on this new chapter in your life, with me, my love,  simply writing the words along the way.

I love you.

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