Today you turn 30. While I know you've been tentatively fearing this day for, let's be honest, years, I don't know why. I've had the pleasure of being by your side for the past nine years and I can say with all certainty that you get so much better with every year you turn (and more handsome, if I might add.)
I remember the day you turned 21 like it was yesterday. We'd only been dating a month and I couldn't understand why you'd want to spend your 21st hanging out with someone who wasn't old enough to take you out for a beer. That was the night we sat outside staring up at the stars as your rambled on about astronomy. That was the night I first started to fall for you. I saw your thirst for learning new things, your wonder for the world and your innate love for life.
Nine years has brought us a lot. We moved into our first apartment together, and then quickly out when we realized our neighbor was a transvestite who was running a porno site from his - errr - her apartment. Since then we've held five addresses together. We've become the proud dog-parents to Austin and Zoe. We've stepped foot on multiple continents together.
We've been there for hard times too. Sitting together in dark hospital chapels and holding hands at memorial services. Sitting across from one another in a diner booth trying to make big and hard life decisions. You were the one standing there when I got the news that my brother had passed away. You held me while I just cried for what felt like hours.
All of our days together make me love you more. The good days, the bad days, the hard times and the moments of total and complete happiness. You turning 30 is just another adventure for us to have together, to add to our ever growing list. It's a time to look back at the life we've been having, and to look forward at all the life we've still yet to live.
You are my best friend and my true love. Something out there designed us for each other, I have no other way to describe it but that. While we are both whole in our own individual ways, you are a piece of me. You are the most kind and compassionate man I know. And, although you tell me all the time how lucky you are to have me, I don't think you know how lucky I am to have you in return.