God knows why, but today Becky told me that what she really wanted for her birthday was for me to write a guest post on MommyWantsVodka. I think she felt bad for me when she saw me notice her ogling a handbag with more more digits in the price than my car payment and turn ashen. And if I, pale as I am, turn more white, you know it’s serious.

Anyhow, she informed me in her Aunt Becky way (the not-so-subtle drip-drip method: “You’re going to post on my blog right? Tomorrow?… Hey Daver, how’s my blog post coming? Are you done with it yet?”) that I would be writing something for her birthday. It had to be something good, an explanation to Her Internets of how I put up with savor every moment of being married to the talented and dead sexy Aunt Becky. ( She’s not MY Aunt Becky, that’d be creepy, she’s just Becky to me. AND still Rock-n-Roll to me, too. AND only a woman. AND more than a woman. ) So here we are. It’s my turn to raise the roof off the mutha, to tell it like it really is…

…and I don’t know what to say.

I mean, there are tons of things to say; I have never known anyone who has made a more positive impact on my life. I am healthier because she made me see the doc. I am successful at work because I have her support at home, and I have wonderful children because she’s my teammate in raising them the way we think is best. She drives me crazy, and I drive her crazy, but if either of us is upset at the other we’re both misesrable about it until we work it out. Despite all the books and advice and people wondering about what makes a relationship work, we just…work. It’s refreshing not to need to think about it too much.

Way back when, I was single, with an apartment in the city, and she was commuting from the far Western ‘burbs to be at her clinicals by 6am. We went on a date, and that night I offered for her to stay at my apartment the night before clinicals so she could get an extra couple hours of sleep. I think at the time I just thought I was being nice, she was a friend of a friend and needed a hand, right? But as I look back I realize that I really just wanted an excuse to see her again, and deep down I already knew she was special to me.

It’s just…something about her. And honestly, you guys know already what it is, because you keep coming back here and reading her writings, laughing along and getting that feeling that she’s right there with ya. ‘Cause, well, she is. Her blog is a reflection of who she is, who we are; we’re not afraid to laugh at ourselves and we think our kids are the best and there’s very little in life that can’t be made better with a good laugh, some good music, and maybe a little vodka to take the edge off.

So, Happy Birthday, baby. One more year of living with your Sausages, being married to your Daver, thanks for being you and putting up with us, making us laugh, and putting us first. We may not always tell you, but you make us who we are, and that makes us pretty damn great.

I’d better close this out now. Becky’s hovering, telling me that maybe SHE should just write the damn thing for me, because I’m too slow. I told her that I was already over 600 words and she told me that was “decent”, with a smirk like it was decent for a moron with a hangover. I laughed and gave her the finger.

Welcome to our family.



95 thoughts on “The Daver Speaks Out!

  1. Awesome post and birthday present! My hubs won’t even look at my blog (that I know of)… I think he’s afraid of what he might find!

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Becky! You surely deserve each other! {{{Hugs!!!}}}

  2. Now see- sometimes for my anniversary I ask my husband to write me a love letter and that is Becky has done here. You wrote her a Daver-loves-Aunt Becky-love-letter.
    It was nice to hear your voice, Daver.
    And happy birthday to that wonderful woman of yours.

  3. I for one approve you are the sausage beneath her wings go give her a big birthday smooch from one of her Internets all the way in Canada-land. MUAH ! Happy birthday from me !

  4. As you probably have realized, I don’t have a blog, don’t want a blog. I was your original troll waaaay back. Since my intentions were only to laugh with you, cry with you, and sort of lurk in your life when mine was too stressful to examine, I have to think of a better term then ‘troll’…Anyway, I found your blog completely by accident looking for baby shower invitations a few years ago. Mommy! Wants! Vodka! on the invitations brought me here. (BTW, we changed the invites to Mommy! Wants! Liquor!)
    I don’t comment often (but I did vote!) and I just want to wish you Happy Birthday. From one midwestern mommy who hates nursing to another. Thank you for all the laughs, the tears, the perspectives.
    Here’s an internet shot of vodka being raised to you today!

  5. Nice post Dave. I don’t think our counterparts realize that even though it may be easy for them, that writing a post takes a lot of brain power. They just sit down and write down whatever and its a hit. Lucky Bastards! =)

    Happy Birthday Becker!

    P.S. I have something for you that will be going out in the mail tomorrow morning! Just something that i saw and it totally reminded me of you.

  6. Too cute! You know what I got for my birthday? Jack shit. I don’t know, I think there were some presents or jewelry or something, but a guest post by husband/my partner in crime would’ve been really kick ass. So apparently your husband is just better than mine. Wanna trade? No? Fair enough. Daver seems like good people to me 🙂

    Happy birthday AB, I’ll throw a couple back for ya!

  7. Is Daver single? Wait – didn’t mean to say that outloud…

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Becky – here’s to another grand spankin new year ahead.

  8. Fucking Daver! You guys are too fucking cute, you actually made me teary with how sweet that was.

    You are so lucky to be with each other in a relationship that “just works” so well. Its a rare thing to find.

    Happy B-day Bec-Star. I lovely dearly, and perhaps even a little bit queerly.

  9. Aw, Daver, I think you did great. We love our Aunt Becky around here, and I think the reasons why are illuminated perfectly by what you said: there’s just something amazing about her.

    Happy Birthday, Becks! Eat cake and drink something alcoholic. Or just eat rum cake. Here, I’ll join you.

  10. Awesome post! You two are lucky to have a relationship that just works…without huge amounts of muss & fuss.

    Happy birthday, Aunt Becky!!!

  11. Happy Happy Birthday!!!

    You and The Daver drive each other crazy…. in bed right?

    You are lovely and a delight and I wish you the most joyful of days!

    That sounds soooo gay, but it’s true!

  12. Happy Birthday Becky! What a wonderful Daver, and you DESERVE a wonderful Daver. Hope you all have a great day. Have a told you lately that I love you? Have I told you there are no mommy bloggers above you?

  13. Happy Birthday!! Hope you are out having an awesome day with that sweet husband and beautiful children of yours.

    I woke up on my birthday to find a post on my blog from my husband this year as well (I have no idea how he figured out to even do that). It was truly the best birthday gift ever.

  14. AAAWWWWWWW……very sweet! And now that you have it in writing you can use it whenever you need to! 🙂

    Have a great year and thanks for making the internet a much friendlier place!!!!

  15. They must have broken the mold after they made The Daver. Well said man.

    Happy Birthday Aunt Becky!! I just wish I could serenade you with my purposely off-key version of the Happy Birthday song. Hope you have a good one.

  16. Seeing The Daver live made it seem like *my* birthday! Happy Birthday, Becky! I hope Daver doesn’t think this actually substitutes said handbag.

  17. Happy Birthday Aunt Becky!
    Daver – you rocked it out dude. It was like when little Billy fills in for Dad in the Family Circle Cartoons..only better.
    Becky – best birthday present ever?

  18. heeheeh! You just described my marriage too!!
    Happy birthday to Aunt Becky!! And congratulations for a very successful writing stint to ‘Uncle Dave’!!

  19. Great job, man! She’s a hard act to follow, that woman of yours, but you done good.

    Happy birthday, mama!! Don’t eat too much cake or your ass might start spraying that gnarly Ali oil all over the place 😉

  20. When I started my blog, Becky was one of my very first comments. I couldn’t believe it. AUNT BECKY from Mommy Wants Vodka actually came over to read what little ol’ ME had to say! I was so excited that I called my husband and starting giggling on the phone like an idiot. Not only did she read my stuff, comment it, and give me some love on her link list, but then she actually wrote me back several times when I emailed her.

    Truly special indeed. Not to mention brilliant, hilarious, honest, and REAL. Daver, this was a beautiful post. You almost made me cry.

    We love you, Aunt Becky! Happy Birthday!

  21. Happy Birthday to my favorite Aunt Becky, the one and only. I love you in a totally mad and sickly twisted way.
    Thanks for shining a light in a really dark place. Which I realize to the outside reader may sound ewwwy creepy, but I know you know what I really mean.

  22. Happy birthday, dear sweet Becky. You snagged yourself a keeper there, didn’t you? Good job to The Daver. That was way more special than any present you could have forgotten to buy her!

  23. Happy Birthday Becky!! And wonderful, wonderful post Daver. You guys are lucky to have each other.

    P.S. Did she really “get an extra couple hours of sleep” that night? Hmm…. sounds fishy to me 🙂

  24. Happy Birthday for reals this time! ANd your husband is very sweet, it reminds me of something my husband would write. Does he like x-box games and lots of expensive electronic toys too?

  25. Happy Birthday Becky!!! Hope you had a wonderful day, spoiled rotten and all that. You are very lucky to have such an amazing man in your life…sniff;)

  26. Happy (belated) Birthday! I know, I’m just a wee bit behind, but it still counts right? I hope your birthday was just as awesome as this post!

  27. Happy (late, dammit. sorry.) Birthday, Becky – and the Daver? What a love bug 🙂

    Hope you had a great one!!!

  28. Happy Birthday, Aunt Becky!

    Hey, your dh knows his way around a sentence! Great post, and good writing.

    I know a lot of good people born in July. Thanks for your message on my blog about my little sausage’s birth day.

    From another sausage mama

  29. dude…Happy Birthday (alright, I’m a little late…better late than never, right?).

    You have a cool hubby.

  30. Happy birthday, Aunt Becky!

    I can’t think of a better birthday present than a treatise on why I am awesome. And you are. Thanks for making me laugh, making me feel like I’m slightly less crazy, and making me feel less alone!

  31. Late to the party, as usual, but the wishes are still the same! Happy Belated Birthday, Becks! Great post, Daver! Easy to see why you and Becky are perfect each other. 🙂

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