|All of my tribe and a big chunk of Big Time's tribe|
Joe asked yesterday if there was someone I had forgotten to mention. Well, yes. (And the mention of her magic in the kitchen didn't really count.)
Today is the birthday of the one who has marched by my side for over forty years. (As husband and wife exactly 40 come January.)
She is my raison d'être, she is as important to me as the air I breathe. Without her, I am nothing. With her, I am everything.
She doesn't like the limelight, yet she is the reason I stayed in the Air Force all those years, she inspired me to stick with it and make it a career. She urged me to finish my degree and then spurred me on to get my master's degree.
While in college, she took care of the kids. When I was away on deployments, she took care of the kids. When I was working 12-hour days, she took care of the kids.
Truth be told, she was taking care of me, always. Her biggest baby really, for that's really what we husbands can be at times.
While I faced the world, she had my back.
She inspired the kids to go to college, to work hard and prosper. I think she did well.
She will fly out to California to watch our grandkids without a second thought.
I wore the uniform, but we both served.
She truly is, the wind beneath my wings.