Five years ago today my boy barged into our lives and decided to stay. I am thrilled and blessed by his decision. I never really saw myself as a parent, but he was able to change that swiftly and decisively. At first glance, covered in goop and slime, I knew he was mine – the boy looked like family. I was glad for that because if he resembled the mailman in any way my wife would have had some splainin’ to do!

Him growing up is a joy to behold, and every single day is like a Forest Gump box of chocolates. The Dev went through phases where he cursed like he was the captain of the USS F.U., where he made up stories about his parents saying horrible things, and where he intimidated adults (or so I was told) to get his point across. All of these phases were short lived and today he is the happiest I have ever seen him. Ever since he started being able to communicate like a big boy, and started at his new school he has been so pleasant. Scary pleasant in fact. His new teachers adore him, and he them. And my wife and I adore the whole lot of them!

Had you told me that I would be semi-sane five years after Dev’s birth I would have told you that you were a lying sack of poo. And I would have been wrong. I’m as close to sane as I am likely to get. Nothing has worked out as I planned, but somehow everything has worked out. I owe a good deal to this blog, I must admit. In my effort to help others I have also helped myself. And everyone that has left a comment, or even lurked silently, has helped me to see the world a little differently. But I owe the bulk of my sanity to Dev and my wife. They have made me want to be the strong dad that I always prayed I could be.

Yeah Dev makes fun of our car , my boring job, our inability to come up with a good jokes, my belly, and countless other things. However he tells his mother and me on a regular basis that he loves us, and I believe him. He probably couldn’t define love any better than the rest of us but I know love when I feel it and he loves his parents as much as we love him. And that, my friends, is a truck load of love.

Happy Birthday Dev! And may you have a thousand more!

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  1. Darius T. Williams April 29, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Awww…Happy Birthday Dev. I wonder if he knows how much of a star he is.

  2. Holmes April 29, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Happy birthday! Hope five treats ya right.

  3. The NON-Superwoman April 29, 2008 at 11:51 am

    My how time flies…….enjoy these young years with your little one 🙂

  4. Ed Bacchus April 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats to you. I always celebrate on my oldest son’s b-day. So happy I hadn’t messed anything up in a big way yet. I know it’s late, but make sure you always send/give your wife flowers on your son’s b-day. She should celebrate and let’s her know how happy you are she was able to share this gift with you…

  5. Whit April 30, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Good stuff. Happy birthday, Dev!

  6. Darren April 30, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Happy birthday, Dev! Five is a great age.

  7. Nerd Girl April 30, 2008 at 10:25 am

    The USS FU – hilarious!

    Happy Birthday Dev! Congratulations to AA Dad & Mom for making it to the 1/2 decade mark! Y’all rock!

  8. jameil April 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    fab! happy belated you well-loved little boy!!

  9. Dee April 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Aw, Happy Birthday, Dev!

  10. Lori May 1, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Yay Dev! What a blessed little boy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every little boy and girl were so celebrated and appreciated? The world would truly be a better place . . .

  11. plez... May 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Lil’ Devil! *smile*

    so glad to hear that he is maturing and prospering… thanks for sharing so many intimate details about your lives… take care!

  12. Dad Stuff May 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Happy B-day Dev.
    And congrats on the sanity Dad. Hearing the love from my own munchins helps my sanity a great deal.
    Many more.

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