This little boy, our third child, changed our lives forever when he entered our family more than a decade after his big brother and sister. It's a wonder he wasn't spoiled rotten, what with all the attention he got. But he wasn't, and that smile lit up our lives.
All you parents out there understand how it goes. Before we knew it, he was a kindergarten graduate.
The next thing we knew, he was buying his first car.
Getting ready for a date.
Smashing into older thugs in soccer and basketball while his mama hid her eyes
and his daddy grinned with pride.
Next he was graduating again. Where did those years go?
A few years later he brought home a girl he swore was THE one.
And she was.
They were away on honeymoon bliss.
A few years later he finally became a daddy--to a big dog named Bentley.
Happy birthday, dearest Zack. We wish you and Laura many years ahead
to celebrate birthdays and Christmases together and times to relax
at the beach after your busy jobs.
I'll end this birthday wish to you with a quote from one of your favorite authors...
"So we shall let the reader answer the question for himself:
who is the happier man,
he who has braved the storm of life and lived
or he who has stayed securely on the shore
and merely existed?"
Hunter S. Thompson
And with this quote from one of your favorite television shows...
"Bran thought about it.
'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave'
his father told him."
from A Game of Thrones
With much love,
Mom & Dad