As I sprawled out on the couch sat down with my laptop this morning, I couldn’t think about writing books, shameless self promotion, or all the great topics floating around on the blogs I follow. There’s just no getting around it; today is no ordinary day, this is no ordinary post, and Adam Wise was no ordinary person.
There are special people in our lives that have a profound effect on how we view the world; we call them friends. Friends come in many forms, and they all bring their own unique influences, but the friends I am talking about are the best friends. Yes, you can have more than one. In fact, I have several and each one has something else to offer when it comes to advice, a girls’ night out, or a cut throat friendly game of cards. How plain would life be if we all dressed the same, had the same beliefs, listened to the same music, watched the same movies, and liked the same politicians?
I know it’s cliché to say, birds of a feather flock together, but diversity is the spice of life, and no one was spicier than Adam Wise. A few things you should know about my son, Justin, to fully understand the special relationship he shared with Adam. Justin always had a silly side to him, but as he matured into a young adult, that silliness was somewhat suppressed by his more thoughtful, serious side. I understood that. He was after all, a musician with a 4.0 GPA.
Then, along came Adam. He was vibrant, energetic, and funny, with a ferocious appetite for blueberry muffins. He also had a sense of style. I have never met anyone that could wear a pair of red skinny jeans with suspenders or argyle pants with Chuck Taylors, and look good in them. I’m sure I never will. And like Justin, he too was a musician with a good GPA. They were best friends; they complimented each other in the best way. And even when they agreed to disagree, they supported each other.
Today, they are celebrating Adam’s second birth-day in heaven, together. As for the rest of us, we celebrate the day his precious life began, nineteen years ago. Happy birthday, Adam!