Happy 20th Birthday Buddy! What I would give to sing Happy Birthday to you over a Rosie’s Birthday Cupcake with the family.
Today you’d be your own person, your own man, with your own path in life, yet I have no clue who you’d actually be. I try my best not to grieve after this many years, but no matter how much time passes I can still hear your laughter, see your bright smile and feel your little arms hugging me.
While I don’t know exactly who you’d be today, I know exactly who you’d be proud of.
I’m sure you’re looking down on him from heaven and thinking wow. Nate is now 17-years-old and a senior in High School. He’s tall as a tree, drives a truck, works hard, holds the offensive line in football, takes care of the family and most importantly, he has a wonderful heart.
He inspires me to be a better person every time we talk, holds the family together like glue and makes me proud to call him my little-big cousin (OH, and his team won their Senior Night Football Game, GO TIGERS).
While you may not have gotten the chance to meet Sam, but I know you love him as much as I do. He is smart, he is a great athlete, a caring friend, a silly brother, a little ladies man and oh so much more (OH, and he rocks a bow-tie like no other). He is kind, loving, intuitive, adventurous and big-hearted as well. It’s been so wonderful to watch him grow into his own, I hope you’ve been watching too.
I love both of these boys (my cousins) as if they were my own brothers and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Not only are they amazing parents, but they are amazing god-parents as well. When I first moved back to Vermont, I knew it’s what I wanted to do, but of course, there were some fears came with the love too. Aunt Michele and Uncle Eric put those fears to rest with the many meals cook, laughter filled nights, check-ins, advice offered, help pulling my car out of a ditch or moving into a new place. I’m not sure I could ever thank them enough for the countless things they’ve done for me over the years, without them, I don’t know who or where I’d be right now.
You would be proud of your father for finding a career he loves. He’s the Facilities Maintenance Manager for ACSU and loves helping the teachers and children throughout Addison County. And not only does he love his job and still work harder than anyone I know, but the job allows him to spend more time with the family too!
You would be proud of your mother for so many things. She’s always there for us, always puts family first, works hard and is one hell of a Zumba dancer! From football, to basketball, to lacrosse and any other sport your brother’s decide to try, she’s always on the sidelines cheering them on and encouraging them to do better and never give up. Your mom is an inspiration to me as a person, a mom and a woman.
I know it’s a long letter, but it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. I hope you know how much we miss you and how much we love you. I hope you’re proud of all of us and you still watch over from time to time. Cheers to you in heaven on your 20th Birthday!
Love You Always,
Andrea (your favorite cousin)