Today is the birthday of my beautiful bride, Wifeofdadwithnoisykids.
Words cannot express the love I have for my wife, and how I thank God for her all the time.
My wife is the 10th child in her family, and I am always reminded of a story from residency many years ago:
I was scheduled to work in a gynecology operating room, where there were some tubal ligations scheduled. I went to the residency program director and explained my objections to administering the anesthetic for these procedures. He agreed to move me to a different room, and then added a comment. He said that some times, such as after a woman has had 9 children, it is desirable to sterilize a woman. I countered with the fact that my wife is the 10th, and I was glad my in-laws did not stop at 9. That ended the conversation.
I know that no matter how much I thank God for the gift of my wife, I know that it is not enough. She has been the source of so much joy and consolation in my life, and has been a blessing not only to me but to all who know her.
I love her more today than I did yesterday, but not as much as I will love her tomorrow.
She shares her birthday with the feast of St. Philip Neri:
CALL ME 'HOMIE' or 'HOMEY'
I got called 'Homie' last night by father of a patient. Not being as hip as I appear, I had to look it up to see if I were being complimented or insulted. I took it as a compliment; that I was a neighbor of sorts, a friend, to this man and his child.
So call me 'Homie' or dadwithnoisykids - I will answer to either from now on.