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Look who's turning 40 today

It's Scott! Everyone wish him a happy birthday! Go on!

Scott, contemplating a hairstyle change.

Doesn't he look distinguished?

For my 40th last year, Scott threw me an amazing surprise birthday party and got me a super-fancy camera. For his birthday, I’m getting him the Gift of Packing and Painting! His two favorite activities!

He is a lucky, lucky man.

Actually for his birthday I am taking him for an overnight stay here. And we will be eating dinner here. It will be fantastic.

But those will have to wait for a couple of weeks. Because there’s packing to do, mister! Get to work!


I asked Henry what he loves about his Dad, and he came up with a list. Here it is. I heartily agree with them all. And then some!

winter in the park with his Dad

Forty things I love about Daddy. By Henry.

1. All his love.

2. He takes me to get a snack after school.

3. He gives me an allowance.

4. He buys me Legos.

5. When he calls me “Buddy bear” or “Hank.”

6. And how bushy is that beard? …not so bushy.

7. The man is strong and a good wrestler.

8. He plays soccer with me.

9. He reads to me a lot.

10. He cuddles.

11. He makes me the best macaroni.

12. He draws funny comics with me.

13. He takes me to the movies.

14. My daddy is very, very kind.

15. I also think he is funny…

16. …and he’s cool.

17. I love how he makes all the funny creations when we’re playing with Legos.

18. His movies are good and detailed.

19. He’s always happy to see me.

20. I like the way he wakes me up.

21. I like the way his glasses make him look funny.

22. He thinks that I’m very kind and good.

23. He tells me that he loves me.

24. He plays me Indiana Jones.

25. I love that I know that he knows that I love him.

26. He tells me stories.

27. He trusts me.

28. He tucks me in at bedtime.

29. He’s the friendliest man I’ve ever met.

30. I like that he can work from home, so we can hang out.

31. I like that he is my Daddy.

32. He sets up the best birthday parties.

33. He helps me find Lego pieces.

34. He’s always proud of me when I say something smart.

35. When we get into fights he always gives me a true apology.

36. He always solves the problem, whenever there is one.

37. He helps me when I’m scared.

38. He lets me do things that are very fun.

39. He always goes camping with me.

40. My Daddy is the best.

Happy birthday, sweetie. You are, indeed, the best. I can’t wait to see you turn into a grizzled old man. It’s happening more quickly than I could have dreamed!

Reader Comments (67)

I love Scott too! And Henry, ooo, Henry. Let me swap you one of mine for Henry! (You know what? You can actually have an DH for Scott if you want; he is a mere 35 and Italian, yes, real Italian, not the American-Italian phony godfather accent kind).

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRLJ
Was Scott at the Fort Greene Farmer's Market with a dog today? If not, it must be I am so struck with his handsome visage that I am seeing things.
May 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjunewell
That list is teh awesome! What a lucky daddy! Many happy returns!T
May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy T.
Happy belated birthday, Scott! You age really well - that newer picture (with your buddy ?Trostky?) is far more attractive than the old one with cutie Henry in the park. Oh I love me some salt'n'pepper temples, grizzled beard, and if you ever grow a cute little academic-like paunch I might be tempted to run over to Brooklyn and try to wrench you from Mrs. B. (I am far taller and probably stronger than you so I might even succeed.)

Kidding, kidding. I would never do such a thing to Mrs. B. and Henry. Also I live in Europe and am happily married and too poor to afford the airfare.
May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaterina
Men get hotter with age. This may be unfair. I love that 3 out of 40 of Scott's stellar qualities involve legos.
May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkate
#25 is the BEST.
May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermox
Happy Birthday, Scott!I turn FORTY years old this year too. Oh crap.... I mean, YAY! :D
May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynda
Happy Birthday!
May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
What a handsome guy! You are blessed, Alice--two seriously foxy men in your life and both of them your closest relations.
May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeoCleo
Yowza! That Scott is hot stuff!

And Henry is the sweetest ever.

You gots good taste in mens.
May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
What a beautiful list. He is a great dad there is no doubt. Wishing him all the best in life. Happy birthday!
May 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiving Boracay
Awww *sniff* that is so cute! Happy belated birthday Scott!
May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNadia
My God, that man is handsome.

Where do you all live, now?
June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermotheroad
WOW I'm a bit late in wishing a Happy 40th.

But that list is also an extraordinary father's day gift! Poignant. Honest. Nothing you could buy in a store can top it.

Lucky dad. Lucky YOU!
June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBYouToys

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