My favorite person in the entire world is 33 today.
33 Facts About Danny:
- He can quote Dumb and Dumber from the first word spoken to the last.
- His eyelashes are approximately 18” long.
- He knows how to swaddle a baby, very well.
- Even though every other cousin/sibling got to drive a sports car in high school, he got to drive a tiny, old (like…really old) bright blue Pepsi truck and was cool with it.
- My dad once called Pepsi to narc on that blue Pepsi truck for spinning circles in the ice of his parking lot.
- His love for Pendleton (the wool brand) runs deep.
- He’s super ticklish.
- He’s an amazing cook.
- He’s a foodie. He’ll try anything (seriously, think of the grossest thing, he’d probably eat it).
- He can name at least 10 My Little Pony characters AND name their cutie mark.
- He knows what a cutie mark is.
- He’s a great musician but will always tell you he sucks.
- He’s a gamer. 1st person shooter games are his favorite and you should see him sit with his headset, talking to his teammates who are probably 14 year old boys.
- He’s the best at pretending to be asleep.
- He loves and appreciates art of all types.
- He can almost curl his mustache.
- He is the reason there’s an amazing skatepark in Lewiston, Idaho. Hours and hours and hours AND HOURS were spent by him to get that put in. He’s created a place for the community, for everyone to use and was the last to ask for praise and thanks and compliments.
- He’s served on many boards of directors.
- He skateboards almost every day.
- He is up for any adventure, even if it requires a lot of work and effort for a short amount of time (i.e.: camping for one night with six kids)
- He should be a science or history teacher: he knows so much about that stuff (and is interested in it) and is amazing with kids.
- He wanted to go to culinary school after high school
- He makes the best cocktails.
- He’s insanely generous and would do anything anyone asked him if he thought it would help him.
- He can hang with older businessmen or teenagers at the skatepark and he can do both with ease. Everyone loves him.
- We were late to a dance once because he had to flat iron his hair.
- He’s a lover, not a fighter. I don’t think you could get in a fight with Danny if you tried.
- He loves chichorrones.
- He listens to every genre of music and can find something he likes in them all.
- He’s watched LOTR more times than I want to even try and count.
- He has the kindest soul of anyone you will meet and if you know Dan, you’re lucky.
- He’s always crazy cool, calm and collected.
- He can install a carseat in 10 seconds flat.
In short, Danny is amazing. He’s the best. If you know him, you know how kind and genuine and patient and generous he is. If you’re his friend, he doesn’t just love you, he loves your family, too, and will do anything for you. He’s the best dad and no one can make the kids laugh as hard as he can. He’s as authentic as they come. He cares about his family and would do anything to make sure we are happy and healthy. Some people base success and status on how much money you have or make, but Dan sees you as successful if you aren’t an asshole, you aren’t greedy, and you take care of your people, whoever your people may be, however they need to be taken care of. Dan will get shit done – ask anyone who has asked a favor of him and they can confirm.
Having severe anxieties and OCD can make me a frustrating person to live with. I need constant reassurance (“Dan, are you sure my headache isn’t a brain tumor?” “Dan, are you sure what I said was okay?” “Dan, are you sure x, y, or z doesn’t think I’m a bitch?” “Dan, are you sure……”) and sometimes I panic. Sometimes I can’t stop worrying about something and I’ll talk about it non-stop. Dan’s my constant. He’s the one thing I know will never change, will always be. He doesn’t get annoyed by me (at least he doesn’t show it) and he’s willing to help me talk things out if that’s what I need. I knew 16 years ago that he was my person and I’ve never once questioned or doubted that.
Being a parent of a child with special needs isn’t easy. It isn’t fun. It’s exhausting and frustrating and sometimes you feel like you are learning a new language as your child grows and changes and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be fluent. But you still try. You change your life to accommodate your child’s and you find an extra voice inside you to to speak up for them when they need it. Dan is all of this.
Our family isn’t typical and I honestly can’t think of a Dad, husband, or, person even, who is better suited for it, who would be able to handle the really stressful, frustrating and hard times like Dan does and be as happy and fun and calm and hilarious and awesome no matter what.
Dan, my friends, is a gem.
Happy Birthday, Danny, you’re the best of the best. ❤