01 November 2012

happy birthday, robbie!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISTER!
when i was home in september, your mom shared a story that touched me so deeply. one night at dinner when you & your siblings were kids, your mom had you go around the table and say what you wanted to be when you grew up. as your brother and sisters each took turns sharing what they wanted to be, she noticed that you had left the table. she found you in your bedroom, sitting quietly, eyes still. when she asked what was wrong, you said you didn't think it was a question you could answer -- because of your cystic fibrosis. that day, your mom vowed she'd never let anyone treat you differently because of your disease. and when your mom told me that story, i went to your sister's room and sobbed.

and here you are. a grown-up. and growing still. despite that doctors thought there was a 50/50 chance you'd make it to 18, here you are, healthy at 24, and on your way to becoming pharmacist. you are so strong, and so brave, and you are the very best person i've ever, ever known. i love you so much. here's to growing old, but never growing up, together. 

21 comments:

  1. Great love letter! You two are an inspiration. Happy birthday to your husband and wishes for another happy and healthy year!

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  2. Ohh that's so sweet! And touching! Well that's true a thumb-up to the "growing old, but never growing up" :)

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  3. that last line is my favorite too. so sweet. :) happy birthday to your man!

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  4. Oh! This post is so beautiful and inspirational.
    I'm so glad that you blog and share. Thank you.

    Blessings to you!

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  5. Oh my gosh this is so so sweet. I second the growing old but now up!
    Happy bday Robbie!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  6. haha so funny! Happy Birthday to him!

    xxS

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  7. oh my gosh this gave me goosebumps, happy birthday to robbie! and to many many many more :)

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  8. Sniffle, sniffle sob. Bridget that is the sweetest most touching thing. And way to go to Robbie's mom, to Robbie, and to yourself for looking this disease square in the eye and giving it a big old raspberry. I wish Robbie the best birthday ever, and cheers on never growing up.

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  9. this is so touching and beautiful :( He's lucky to have you!! Happy birthday to him!

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  10. That's so sweet. I have a good friend who also has CF, and he's 27 and healthy as ever!

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  11. May your Robbie go on this way and become a great pharmacist ! You are so lovely together, happy birthday to him ! I wish you the best !

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  12. this gave me such chills :) absolutely lovely and full of love. happy birthday to robbie!

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  13. This made me teary! Blessings to you and may this year be full of more laughter & health!

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  14. This brought tears! Happiest Birthday to your hubby, with many years of good health ahead!

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  15. This is beautiful! Happy birthday to him!

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  16. That story is so, so touching. Happy birthday to Robbie!

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  17. Wow.. what a lovely, touching post. Happy Birthday Robbie!!
    xo

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  18. Inspiring and beautiful. Happy very late Birthday to him!

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