Happy Birthday to Emma!

Fall 1999, somewhere along the Buffalo River in Arkansas on our first cross-country adventure.

Today is my bride, Emma’s, birthday. I am grateful that we have been able to grow together and experience all the adventures, here in the South and abroad, of life with family and friends, career choices, geographic moves, and a slew of canine friends.  Over that time, we have always been there for each other, supporting our mutual and individual dreams.

In our 20 years of knowing each other, she has never seen me drunk or high on illicit drugs – though she has experienced many of the “isms” that the recovering alcoholic continues to deal with one day at a time – like anger, self-righteousness, resentment, pride . . . the list goes on . . . and has never wavered in her love and support.

Besides being my best friend for the past two decades, today Emma is my rock and strongest supporter as I deal with the uncertainties of cancer.  There is no way to know what tomorrow will bring, cancer or not.  We have only today . . . and today, we celebrate the birth of Emma Marie French Connolly, my wife, partner, spouse, lover, confidant, and light of my world as we each travel down that path toward our true selves.

I am truly blessed.

11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Emma!

  1. Happy Birthday, Emma! You two rock. I remember when we went to Honduras and Alice and Laura said that if they ever got married they wanted to be like you two!

  2. Thank you for being the open, honest man you ate..so hard to find in so many. I am touched by your humbleness towards my Aunt Emma.

  3. I really don’t know either of you but have met Emma in the shop several times when visiting from Florida. My son lives in NOLA and introduced me to your lovely shop a couple years ago. Emma struck me as such a kind spirit. I want to share that the last time we were there she was busying cutting out an apron which she said was for her husband. She said he needed something to hold the vegetables when he was collecting them in the garden. Upon my recent visit and finding out the shop was closing and what was going on with you, Robert my heart was so sad. I’ve never met you but you are obviously an amazing person. Thank you for your blog. I can tell you are both wonderful people. It has personally helped me reading your story. You and Emma will be in my thoughts and prayers the days ahead.

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