Brent (our Superman) likes to tease me A LOT about many things. One of those things is the fact that I am older than he is. By the way he talks, you would think that we were a decade or so apart in age, but in reality, he’s about a year and a half younger than I am. That’s it! Not much, right? I wouldn’t want to give the impression that Brent can exaggerate sometimes for dramatic effect (which he does). I just wanted to make sure that everyone is on the same page, the same truthful page, as I am. And I’m pretty sure that after you turn forty, all teasing about age differences are null and void, wouldn’t you agree? Good. I knew you would see things my way. Now on to the birthday.
There was a little bit of a precedent set at my fortieth, with a basket of forty gifts, so we knew we had to come up with something great when it was Brent’s turn to be “over the hill.” So some of us on the Robinson side of the family teamed up with some of us from the Hofen side of the family. We pooled some resources and put together a collection of birthday presents that was tailor made for Brent. Uncle Lane was gracious to let us raid his vast library for forty books that would be useful for Brent. It is entirely possible that Lane was just using this event as an excuse to get rid of some books, but just go with it. Actually, it was an amazing collection of ministry books that we think will be useful to Brent for a very long time. Inside each book we hid a small gift card to a restaurant or coffee shop here in town. It is also entirely possible that my mom was just using this event as an excuse to go shopping around town, but just go with it. Brent LOVES (absolutely no exaggeration) to eat out. I think that if he had a limitless supply of money, he would eat out all the time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and maybe even the midnight snack too!
He was pretty excited about getting resourced with some great books for his library and getting resourced with some great cards to use around town. He even asked if he could get 41 books with 41 cards next year. But I had to inform him that this was just a one time deal. Sorry.
Happy birthday, Superman! Welcome to the 40’s! It’s been a pretty great adventure so far, so we’ll see what the next forty years brings.