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It could have been a sad day.....but it wasn't !!

posted 9/15/2007 10:41:43 PM |
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Today is my husbands 69th. Birthday. He has now lived as a stroke patient 8 years, 8 months and 14 days.

All week I contemplated on how to make his day special for him. Considering he didn't remember it was his birthday I tried to be inventive for him and decided he would have 8 hours of gift giving - one gift to unwrap an hour for 8 hours.

Now there really isn't anything he needs or can possibly even use given he is bed-ridden so anything would have made him happy.

I stayed up late last night finishing a new quilt with matching pillow cases for his bed. As as life long Harley "enthusiast" (51 years) I took all his old Harley scarves and made the patchwork pillow cases with just enough of them left over to weave into the quilt. He cries easily these days so the Harley Black and Orange staring back at him did make him weep momentarily for the days gone by.

The rest of his suprises were Adult size sippy cups, new assistive plates and bowels, utensils, bed gowns in VIBRANT colors, and a very special Harley patchwork bib.

I long ago eliminated fried foods from our diet but today I figured what the hell, I am making him fried chicken. He eyes lit up and with a question in his voice and limited vocabulary he said "fry chicken?"

He has just finished the last bite of his Baskin Robbins Birthday Ice Cream Cake (also a no no in his diet) and sort of resembles the 1-year old with cake and ice cream covering is face. But he is happy. It's been a day of treats for him.

He probably won't remember a lot of the details tomorrow but I know that for just today he was a very happy boy!!

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Sep 15 @ 10:44PM  
that would have made me happy for my special day

Sep 15 @ 10:53PM  
Oh wow, that brought tears to my eyes. Thank You DS for sharing that with us, you are truely a wonderful person to make his day so great even knowing he wont remember tomorrow.

Sep 15 @ 10:56PM  
awwww I hope he had a wonderful birthday today, what a wonderful present from you to him...


Sep 15 @ 10:56PM  
Fried chicken!!!! that would make my day too

Sep 15 @ 11:10PM  
That was so sweet.

Sep 15 @ 11:22PM  
Good for you... and it sounds like he had a wonderful birthday!

Sep 15 @ 11:48PM  
Hi, that was a very nice post. Thank you for sharing :)

Sep 16 @ 12:23AM  
Wow ...that really did bring tears to my eyes...thankyou so much for sharing...

Sep 16 @ 12:26AM  
Life is so strange....... I hope you have many more good days.

Sep 16 @ 1:07AM  
Thats incredibly sweet, my eyes are watery.

Sep 16 @ 1:23AM  
DesertSmile, you are an angel. I had to set here and dry me eyes until I could see the screen to post. Love like that is wonderful. There will be special rewards for you and the endless love you have showed him.
May God bless you and you husband all your days.

Sep 16 @ 1:43AM  
Smile this is what true love is all about..

Sep 16 @ 7:06AM  

Sep 16 @ 7:33AM  
DS,we should all be so lucky as to have a person like you in our lives.

Sep 16 @ 11:10AM  
What a wonderful imagination. What a wonderful love.......
I'm glad that you 'both' had a good day.And even if his mind doesn't remember this tomorrow, he will always have it stored in his heart. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Now I need to go find the tissues.....

Sep 16 @ 11:12AM  
sneaks back in with a tissue and leaves a kudo because it is well deserved.

Sep 16 @ 12:33PM  
as a man i just hope i can find me a woman like YOU ...

i'm giving you a kudo cause from here i can't do anything better

Sep 16 @ 1:05PM  
Your husband is so lucky to have you. You are a wonderful wife. I'm sure he enjoyed every minute of his special day.

Sep 16 @ 3:49PM  
It takes a special kind of love to be where you are, you are a wonderful woman and he is a very lucky man!

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