After a wonderful day for Jill’s birthday – which included a surprise visit from her Mum, all the way from Australia – today I celebrate another incredible precious person in my life … Paul.
I’ve written so much about this guy over the years …
From our childhood.
To his clumsiness.
To his appendage.
To our history.
To my love for him.
Now my parents have gone, he is the person I have known the longest in my life and is now even more important to me today than he was before.
Every single important moment in my life has involved him.
Some directly, some indirectly … but always with him a part of it.
From my first days in the World to starting pre-school to failing/passing/failing/passing my exams to being in a band to getting a job to moving countries to experiencing family tragedy to getting married to becoming a Dad.
I swear he is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to get through the highs and lows of life relatively unscathed because at the heart of it, he brings incredible happiness into my life.
Not just for a moment.
Not just every now and then.
But every single time I’m with him or think of him.
Part of this is because when we’re together, we immediately revert back to who we were as little kids and part of it is because he gets into all manner of ridiculous scrapes, but a lot of it is because he’s just a kind hearted, wonderfully-natured idiot. Ha.
Of course he would probably say the same about me … and I’d be extremely happy about that, because despite us living very different lives, we are still fundamentally the same as we always have been – at least where we are both concerned – and I regard that as one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to me.
Sadly, I won’t be with him to share his special day today, but I will be with him in a few weeks and I look forward to smiling and laughing till it hurts because he’s more than a special friend, he’s literally good for my health and wellbeing.
Happy birthday lovely man, I hope you enjoy a day of presents, drink and general stupidity.
See you soon.
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