Most people have their own particular outstanding strength – be it physical, mental, spiritual, or a genuinely kind, caring, and affectionate personality. Then there is son Dan, who turned forty-three years young today.
Dan was an infant for about three months. Even then, he never stopped. In his sleep, he was moving fingers and toes, tumbling around, and practicing his grins and gurgles. By seven months, he had mastered forks and spoons and fed himself Easter dinner at Grandma’s house. By three years old, he had mastered his first set of real tools and was swinging a hammer like a pro.
In elementary school, Dan was the A student, the class clown, the solo singer in the annual Christmas concert, the teacher’s pet, and the chick (every little girl) magnet. At home he was helping me bake, helping his father build a garage – followed by our new house – followed by laying an acre of sod with the next door neighbour and I.
When he turned ten, Dan was ready to join the workforce. He took on a paper route in our area and was saving up to buy his own big screen tv.
By fourteen, he was ready for a real job so he joined the production crew at the millwork company where I was employed. Throughout high school, he worked fifty to fifty-five hours a week, graduated with honors, bought his first vehicle, and installed a new motor in it (himself). In his spare time – he hung out with his friends Dave and Scott and, along with his brother and sister, helped me to maintain our household, since I was now divorced and working eighty hours a week to support us.
After graduation, Dan headed north to work for my brother-in-law’s/sister’s oilfield fabrication and service company. Despite injury and illness, he completed his four year journeyman pipefitter course in three years, graduating at the top of his class. Soon he was on his way to managing large oilfield projects in northern Alberta, despite being the youngest man on the site (for a number of years). By this time he had purchased his first house, traded up to a new truck, married his first wife – and was soon to become a father.
Following a difficult marriage and a painful divorce process, Dan married the love of his life – the wonderful (and equally energetic, caring, intelligent, and fun loving) AMANDA. Due to a last minute Covid lockdown, their formal wedding ceremony was a very intimate affair for them, which we watched over a streaming website.
Fortunately, we were able to attend their less formal wedding reception the following summer. ( In 2021)
Dan and Amanda have a beautiful home always filled with kids, dogs, friends, family, great food, love, and happiness. Dan is working closer to home these days – still long hours, but at least closer to home which enables him to be at home every night. Amanda runs her own company – as well as their busy home. Gabby is in Grade 12 and working at a store and ice cream shop in a small town close to their acreage, Lucas is in Grade 2, and Cason just started pre-school.
Happy Birthday, Dan. We are so proud of you and your beautiful amazing family. (And so happy that you found someone with the energy and inclination to keep up with you 😉)
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 🌞💞