To the ones who gave me life and taught me how to be kind and curious – I love you more than words could ever say. Thank you for your unfailing support and sage advice. I grew up knowing that I was loved unconditionally, and that’s the most perfect gift you ever could’ve given.
To the one who grew up by my side – I’m so proud of the man you are. You’re honest and funny, and your hard work continues to impress me. Thank you for being the very best brother.
To the one I vowed to spend my forever with – I love you and I like you. Thank you for making me a birthday cake from scratch each year and for waking up at 6 AM every morning to feed our puppy girl. I love the life we’re building together, and I couldn’t imagine doing so with anyone else.
To the ones I fell in love with on those ancient Roman streets – I’m so proud to know you. Thank you for loving me without pretense or judgment, and for insisting that I only ever be my authentic self. Your advice and laughter have filled me up.
To the ones I shared pizza and pesto with on my birthday – you’re all terribly wonderful humans. Thank you for breaking bread with me and living life next to me over these past four years in Baltimore. Your friendship is so special.
To the one who texted me from across the table – you’re the realest of the real. Thank you for knowing when I felt lonely in a crowd, and for picking me up. Your encouragement is such a gift.
To all of the ones who shared birthday wishes – your kindness is treasured. Thank you for the smiles and the support, on the big celebrations and all the little moments in between.