Friday, October 16, 2009

Sweetest Day:Part 1

Tomorrow is Sweetest Day. Look, I'll be the first to say that I hate this "Special Day". It is a sugary, man-made (business-driven) day. Isn't it really just a cheap (although not in this economy) imitation of Valentine's Day?
I have also learned over the years when to back off of a fight. This is one that I can't win. Sweetest Day is here to stay. With that in mind, I want to highlight 3 sweeties in my life.
I have known Jake for several years. The first time I met him, I dropped off some folders at Laurie's (his mom and my coworker) home. Within minutes, Jake had wrapped himself around my leg in an attempt to wrestle me.
This behavior has repeated itself many times over the years. I will admit that I am not sure how many more years I will be able to outmuscle him, as he is growing to be a big boy. (He doesn't read this, I am not giving him any edge.)

This kid is destined for something big. He is genuinely sweet and kind, but definitely not soft. He's a great kid.
The pooch in my lap is Mandy and her brother Max is in front. Although Laurie got them to save them from an uncertain future, I was very unsure of it all. The dogs were energetic beyond my comprehension. They drove me crazy.
Years later, I have to admit that they have grown into fun dogs, each with a special personality. Make no mistake though, both demand loving (and well, I guess both deserve it, too).
However, I remind Laurie often and I am writing it here for all to see (and her to check if ever she has doubts). This trio is special, loving, smart and fun. None of that is happenstance. All of it goes right back to Laurie (a true sweetie in herself).
Laurie is so dedicated to Jake (not just as a mom, but as a friend...but not at the expense of being a mom). It's been great to be a part of this and to witness it all.
This post was supposed to run last April, on Laurie's birthday week. PC problems prevented that from happening. I thought today might be the next best time to run it.
Jake, Mandy, Max and me in IL-December 2008.

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