Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, My Love!!!



First ... because I am not much of a poet ... some words borrowed from Stevie. They express nearly perfectly how I feel about you:

"That girl thinks that she's so BAD
She'll change my tears to joy from sad.
She says she keeps the upper hand
'Cause she can please her man.
She doesn't use her love to make him weak
She uses love to keep him strong.
And inside me there's no room for doubt that it won't be too long
Before I tell her that I love her
And I want her
And my mind and soul and body need her ...
Tell her that I love to
And I want to
And I need to do all that I have to to be in her love."


Celebrating today the fact that the world is a better place because just a few ... ahem ... years ago you came into it. I know my world is a better place ... as a matter of fact, my world IS because of you.

Your story, my darling, is something close to epic -- and well worth telling. People who come from backgrounds like yours don't often make it. They succumb to their surroundings. They let the harshness of their environment abort their dreams. They fade and shrivel under the pressure ... sometimes they simply perish.

Not you! You are the rose that pushes its way through a crack in the concrete, blooming, growing and thriving. Do you realize what an outrageous, fantastic success you've made of your life ... made out of little more than the love of your mother and grandmother and the strength of your will and imagination? I know you are not one to blow your own horn so I'll do it. There's something special in you and it shines through you and on us whom you love everyday in innumerable ways.

Somebody needs to write that book about your life (shoot, if you don't I will). You are a sort of contemporary Jane Eyre ... overcoming hardships and obstacles with a mixture of tenacity, good will and relentless optimism. All that and you are still irresistibly gorgeous too! Nobody believes me when I tell them your age (don't worry ... I haven't told lots of people) because -- well, frankly, you've got it going on (and on) Mammacita! Beautiful.

And so I feel like I always feel on this day -- how is it that you have the birthday and I get the gift? You are an outstanding mother, a wonderful wife ... my partner, my sweetheart, my best friend. Shemetra Owens, I LOVE me some YOU!

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

3 comments:

Nannozi said...

my favorite line:
"how is it that you have the birthday, and i get the gift"

Suesjoy said...

Oh MAN!
I have goosebumps on me goosebumps.

You are the most beautiful couple on planet earth!

A couple of WHAT, I dunno...

hee hee
JK.

Love you guys!!

HAPPY BDAY MS. SHEMETRA!!

I hope and pray you and your fam make it to Taipei SOON!
xxxxx

VallyP said...

Oh my Van, what a heart stopping tribute to your lovely wife. "You are the rose that pushes up through a crack in the the pavement," and "you have the birthday and I get the gift." It makes me want to cry. You must love her so very much. She's a lucky lady and you are one very lucky man. I'm sorry I'm late, Shemetra, but I hope you had a very happy happy birthday indeed!