Thursday, June 10, 2010
Must have been feeling a little mushy
My best friend received his birthday presents today and he opened them while we were on the phone. I think I was hitsville with my choices, which were more sentimental than usual but he felt they captured him at this time in his life quite well.
The ornament is a quote from, of all the things, Winnie the Pooh. The passage actually reads, “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you.” My friend is so hard on himself, so insecure professionally. And it's so unnecessary. He needs to remember these words, even when I'm not around to reinforce them
The book, Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, is because he's a dedicated and sensitive father whose girls are growing up. His oldest turns 13 this month. With adolescence he knows their relationship, and his role, will change, and I wanted him to have a reminder as we approach Father's Day that both girls appreciate and need him.
I loved talking to him, loved celebrating with him. Even though we can't be together, my best friend's birthday* is one of my favorite days of the year.
*His actual birthday is Saturday, but the gift arrived today and why wait?