19 years ago today, a little guy was born and it changed my world.
his name is patrick james. pj... or, as i like to call him, squeege.
you've probably already heard of him. he is, after all, a rock star.
seriously. you're gonna wanna lick his vocal chords. they're stupid.
squeege, it's your birthday!!
do you love it?....
here are a few simple reasons why i love pj:
1. he makes me laugh more than anyone else i know. and he's constantly taking pictures that crack me up. like this one taken on the top level of a double decker tour bus in nyc...
2. wherever pj goes, he always makes friends with the classiest people...
3. no matter where we go or what we end up doing, we always end up taking crazy pictures...
4. pj helps me reach higher heights than i ever thought possible...
5. we're both destined to take this place by storm...
can't you tell?
squeege, i think i've told you before but i don't think you'll ever understand that you're one of my favorite people on this planet!
i still remember how excited i was for you to be born. mom was HUGE when she was pregnant with you. she used to write checks on her beach ball-sized belly.
you were the cutest little boy. you had so much energy. you used to run into walls, i could see you processing how much it hurt, and then you'd surprise me by laughing instead of crying!
i used to look at you when you were little and wonder what you were going to be like when you grew up. i wondered what you would look like and what kind of things you'd enjoy doing.
i can't believe that you're already 19 and more talented and handsome than i ever imagined. (wow, handsome? am i your g-ma? lets just admit it in 2009 laman's terms... you're a little hottie!)
pj, i'm so proud of you. i'm proud to be your big sister. i'm proud of your talents. i'm proud of the way that you use them to inspire people.
but most of all, i'm proud of who you are as a person. when you came out of the womb, 11lbs 11oz. with full-on muscles and went around running into walls as a toddler, i knew you were going to be a strong boy. but i never realized you'd grow up to be one of the strongest, most courageous people i know. i love that about you.
one of my favorite things about you is that you have a HUGE heart. you're always the one to snuggle up to the brother/sister/friend who you know is hurting. you'll risk getting in trouble with mom and dad for spending too much on their credit card just to treat your friends to dinner. or spend an entire paycheck on me or gretchen to buy us something you know we'll love. and our nieces can't get enough of or say enough about their uncle pj. they love you because they can feel how much you love them.
you will always be my favorite little brother. and that has nothing to do with the fact that you're my ONLY little brother. :)
i love you, squeege!!
HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY!
you're going to do amazing things. that's just who you are. and i can't wait to be there to see all of them.
and "stare at the blank page before you... the rest is still unwritten..."