May you have a great day, Tom!
My gift to Tom will be a nice pair of jeans. When we go out to eat or to a movie, Tom will often ask if he can wear his jeans, and I have to say, "No, not with me." People wear jeans nearly everywhere, but Tom's jeans are another matter. They're from Walmart, which would not be so bad, but they usually have holes in them or are stained with black grease or blood from the many small and not-so-small wounds he accumulates from his yard work. The other day, I persuaded him to go to a store other than Walmart to try on nicer jeans. It took us a while and many tries before he found a pair that suited him, so now he has one pair that he can wear to a restaurant or a movie and look decent. Now that I know the style and size, I will buy him another pair for his birthday, and he will have two, which should do nicely for now.
Tom doesn't like to have too much made of his birthday, because it's sort of a sad day for him, since he's one year older, but I see birthdays as a reason for celebrating having made it through another year more or less intact. Glass half-full or half-empty?
He's off working at the boat center today. He was on TV a few nights ago on Channel 8 in New Orleans. The reporters visited the center and did a fine job with a lovely news piece on the museum during the nightly news.
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