|Is this an adult enough cake ?|
Happy twenty-first birthday, Daniel ! I know that once you leave the Earth that celebrations commemorating the age of the flesh suit aren't important, but your birthdays are cherished memories for me, and I need them, so please indulge me for just a moment. It has now been eight and a half years now since your abrupt departure from the farm, and yet in some ways, it seems like yesterday. You are still discussed here, and we laugh about things that would have amused you. We talk about your friends and what your responses to some of the things they are doing would have been. Your toddler nephew knows you from pictures and calls you, "Unco Daniel". Among our many dogs, there are still three dogs, Sally, Sable and Benjamin, who remain here that you knew and loved. They are all very old and will probably join you there soon, but we are very much enjoying their continued presence here, particularly since they remain healthy.
Please know that I love you with all my heart and that you are missed from here every day. My faith remains strong that God called you for a specific reason and for specific tasks and that is a comfort to me. I continue to keep the promises I made to you on the day that you were absent from your beautiful flesh suit. I am sending a hug just like the one we shared, when Papa Lawrence was in the hospital. I know you remember. Please send my love to him as well. Happy Birthday, you gorgeous brilliant man ! I have always been so very proud of you, and I still am, even though I don't really know everything you are doing.
I love you, and I still feel your presence sometimes especially when something momentous happens. Happy Birthday !