It is Gregg's Birthday today and what better way to celebrate it than to surprise him with very dear photographs that have recently been rediscovered. He likes to check in with what I have been adding to my blog during the day while at work, so this is my gift to you My Darling, Happy Birthday!
Long Beach Naval Hospital, Long Beach, California.
August 19th, 1979
After our move to Virginia in 1990.
Brad lived for a very short time in Long Beach. Gregg's ship was in dock being worked on. After a few months the ship moved back down to San Diego where it was home-ported and Brad spent the next ten years of his life in San Diego. It was a big change for our son to leave his friends behind in Calfifornia, and move from the semi-desert conditions where he grew up to the lush vegetation of Virginia. When asked how he liked the look of his new home state, this as we had just arrived and were driving from the airport in a torrential downpour - silly me for asking - he uttered these immortal words, "There are trees everywhere, I don't like it here, it's too green!"
Gregg and Brad at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Brad was 21 years old and had grown to love it here.
Lastly, I just found this quote on line, that fits my darling husband so well.
"NOTHING IS AS STRONG AS GENTLENESS,
NOTHING SO GENTLE AS REAL STRENGTH."
Thank you My Love, for being a great father and husband.