21 May 2010

Happy Birthday




To the man who taught me that going to bed angry is a ludicrous notion. That holding a grudge does NOBODY any good...

To the man who was smart enough to recognize the girl of his dreams and hold on to her until she realized he was the man of hers....

To the man who has been devoted to his parents since I've known him...

To the man with whom I share so many private jokes we practically have our own language...

To the man who can't seem to get his clothes into his closet, and who pretends to be helpless about folding his own shirts....

To the man who remembered the names of all nine of my siblings at the first meeting...

To the man who has spent countless nights with me rearranging furniture while sharing a bottle of wine and calling it fun...

To a man who is generous in mind, body and spirit. You give freely of your time, your attention, your strength, your expertise, your wallet, your intelligence and most of all your humor...

To the man who can tell a damn good story...

To the man who has always been intelligent enough to match wits with me. You inspire me to be smarter, think quicker, act more clever and always keep 'em laughing...

To the man who still calls me cute when I am puffy and crinkled from sleep, bloodshot eyes, grumpy disposition...

To the man who lights up every room he enters. You are still the most dynamic person I have the pleasure of knowing...

To the man who has become more handsome as the years pass. Like a fine wine you've only improved with age...

To the man I share everything with, you are still the first person I want to show something cool / new / weird / funny / gross to...

To the man who has picked up and put down more hobbies than I knew existed...

To the man who taught me that balls and a loud voice will get you out of as much hot water as they will get you into. That most situations call for some guts, some leadership and a whole lot of laughter...

To the man I can fart in front of...

To the man who has given me the courage to venture beyond my comfort zone again and again. Who often believes I am smarter, worthier and more capable that I do myself. And who never stops trying to convince me...

To the man with an uncanny sense of direction, my own personal geography nerd, my fellow history buff and science fiction geek...

To the man who taught me that guilt is useless and self confidence is priceless...

To the man who has never been afraid to show his softer side. He's good with kids, likes cats, helps old people with their bags and can decorate a mean house...

To the man who was not once intimidated by seven loud and loving sisters, two gentle and protective brothers, five nieces and nephews hanging from his limbs like monkeys and so many cousins none of us can keep count. You've embraced my family as if they were your own...

To the man who takes his job of protecting me very seriously even when I scoff at him...

To the man I want by my side should any scary sh*t go down...

To the man who I want to make laugh, above all others. You're the funniest person I know, and you still laugh at all (most) of my jokes...

To the man who believes he can do anything, you've made me believe it too...

To the man I want to grow old with, to the man I am proud of, to the man I love...

Happy birthday.

-k.

8 comments:

Alli Arnold said...

That was beautiful, Shirl. Happy birthday to my amazing brother! xo Sister Shirl

Anonymous said...

You're both very lucky indeed. Happy Birthday Chris and to Brian as well. Love you mama xxxooo

Anonymous said...

Wow Kelly. That gave me the chills. It really was beautiful. You two really are soulmates.

Happy birthday brother-in-law! love you

Mr. Ynn

kathleen said...

Kelly that was lovely. I laughed. I really did cry. Chris how lucky are we that you are indeed smart,generous and charming enough to have found such a glorious girl. You have both enriched our lives with your wit and warmth. Happy Birthday Christian Arnold. oh I can't help it.......40 th th th th th th th.. love you xxooo Aunt pitty pat.

Anonymous said...

That's quite a tribute, Kelly and it all rings quite true!
H/B to a fine brother-in- law.
One thing he can't get you to do? Stop smoking.
Love,Helen

Anonymous said...

Now get your a**es home so we can spend some time w/ that. Just kidding (not really).
You are quite a pair and loved by so many. Kelly that was amazing and all so true. I think I might print, frame and hang.
Love you guys.
Happy Birthday Chris. And Kelly is speaking the truth when she said you get better looking as you get older. No fair you men! Coll

Chris said...

Thank you all for your birthday wishes and to my lovely wife for her very nice blog post. I would say something clever but after 4 days in Dublin my brain is operating at about 34% capacity.

-C

Tina Haltigan said...

Very nicely said Kel...you have married a fine man. happy Birthday bro..I miss you. Love Tina