We know they are special, because at the beginning of each year, we go through our calendars and circle them.
I’ve had a couple of those days so far this week, and there’s one more still circled on the calendar.
The first day highlighted on my calendar this week was June 5.
What makes June 5 special to me?
It’s National Gingerbread Day, and I love gingerbread, but that’s not why June 5 is special to me.
June 5 marks the anniversary of the day that I made the absolute best decision of my life — it was the day I married my beautiful wife.
Andrea and I have known each other since we were both 5 years old. We were classmates from kindergarten through 12th grade. I had asked her out when we were ninth-graders, but she gave me the “I’d just like to be friends” line. I’m not sure if she really wanted to be friends, but that’s exactly what we turned out to be. We were best friends for three years, before the girl of my dreams finally decided she wanted to be more than friends.
We dated for a little more than three years and were married June 5, 1999. A couple of days ago, we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary.
Being a writer, one would think it would be easy to share my feelings about Andrea through words.
I have never been able to find the words to accurately describe how much she means to me.
But that won’t stop me from trying.
In my eyes, Andrea is the pinnacle of all creation. She is the most caring and compassionate person that I have ever met. She is a fantastic mother to our four children. She’s an amazing wife to me. She’s also smokin’ hot! I’m so thankful that we are doing this journey together, and I look forward to whatever the future has in store for us. As long as she is in my life, I have no doubt that I will be happy.
If there was a way to multiply the meanings of words, that last paragraph could be multiplied by 1 million and it might come close to hitting exactly how much she means to me.
The second special day marked on my calendar this week was June 7.
What makes June 7 special to me?
It’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, but that’s not why June 7 is circled on my calendar.
June 7 is the birthday of my third child, Daisy Faith Phillips. On Thursday, Daisy turned 5 years old.
My feelings for Daisy can be summed up with one word — special. How else could you describe someone who wanted pink dolphins to be the theme of her birthday party. That’s not a theme marketed by Party City or Oriental Trading Company. Surprizingly, we were able to pull off a pink dolphin-themed party last weekend with the help of a 40-inch inflatable pink dolphin that I found on e-Bay and pink dolphin water squirters that Andrea found at the Dollar Tree.
Daisy’s personality makes her even more special to me. She is the most easy-going child, and she’s always quick to laugh. If I’m having a bad day, my little Daisy can giggle and smile and the world is suddenly a better place.
Another trait that makes Daisy extra special to me is that she, more than any of our other children, reminds me of her mother. As I said earlier, I met Andrea when she was 5, and Daisy reinforces those early memories that I have of her mother.
June 9 is the final day marked on my calendar this week, and it’s not because it is National Get Outdoors Day.
Three of our four children are participating Saturday in the wedding of Daniel Morrow and Kristina Harris. Daniel is Andrea’s first cousin, and we are honored they asked Stone, Breeze and Daisy to be a junior groomsman and junior bridesmaids. If my count is correct, their wedding will be the second one that Stone and Breeze have participated in, and it is Daisy’s first.
Daniel and Kristina are a young couple, and they remind me a lot of Andrea and I when we first started out. Leading up to your wedding day can be a stressful time, and if I’m being honest, it probably doesn’t get any easier after the wedding, but love can overcome anything. I wish Daniel and Kristina a lifetime of love and joy, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to celebrate their wedding with them this weekend.
Looking forward on my calendar, there are no big circles for the next few weeks. I’ll just have to work to make each day special in its own way.
James Phillips is Editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 205-221-2840 and firstname.lastname@example.org.