Another rotation around the sun and I am so grateful to everything this beautiful life has given to me. I am especially grateful to my wife & child who woke me up with a stack of pancakes and this beautiful letter. "Mario If we had bank, I'd cook up a feast & bake you a cake & invite everyone who you hold dear & we'd smile & laugh & be. I'd take you somewhere beautiful, buy you an I-Rig & a fretless & get cherry blossoms inked on your arms... Alas, we do not. So I was going to buy a pack of cards & put a lil love into transforming them with lil rectangular reminders pasted over the faces of them... And then we moved & well... You know... So with out further delay, On your birthday (&everyday) 52 things I love about you 1. Your kindness 2. Your beautiful heart 3. The smile on your face when you say "pancakes". 4. The music that flows through you 5. Your jokes (even the ones I don't laugh at) 6. Your ability to rearrange a room in limitless ways- each evolution perfect for the moment 7. The way your eyes light up when you're with Kai 8. Your beat boxing 9. Your appreciation of simple things. 10. That you let the cat out of the bag 11. That you support me fully in being me 12. You are an amazing partner. 13. That Em loved you from the start- asking when we were going to get wedding'd on our very first thanksgiving 14. The laughter your tickles ( & funny voices & faces) bring to Kai 15. Hearing you read to Kai in Spanish (almost as much as I love when you call me mi amor) 16. You are an amazing uncle 17. You are a fantastic brother 18. You are a loving son. 19. You are my very best friend 20. You reminded me what it was to be truly loved 21. The look on your face when I suggest we go for ice cream. 22. Your humble-way 23. That you are who you are 24. The kindness with which you receive others 25. The way your mind works 26. The feeling of your hands on my body 27. The way you rock on stage & off 28 Your crossword prowess 29 Your laugh 30 Your sherpa*ness 31 Your steadfastness 32 Your generosity 33 Your rules for dog walkers 34 Your resourcefulness 35 The way you say "what happened" when I smile or laugh 36 How you jumped right on up with Nico & Ella and walked the fence in Central Park 37 The way I feel with you by my side 38 Your compassion 39 Your smile 40 That look in your eyes when we stood hand in hand at Schooley's Mountain & said we would 41 that you serenaded me from your heart on our wedding day 42 that wherever we are together feels like home. 43 that my heart feels safe, seen, heard & supported in your hands 44 that you are giving your dreams life 45 that you were the one person I wanted by my side the day I gave birth & how brilliantly you supported me through it 46 when Kai looks at you he sees a loving example of what it is to be a man & a father 47 your honesty 48 your ability to be content with what is in the moment & be fully present 49 the way you drape your arm over your head when you sleep 50 how relaxed and at ease I feel in your arms with my head resting heavy on your chest 51 that you recognize, honor & prioritize our family's well being in the smallest & most profound of ways. 52 that your love makes my lil heart sing Thank you my love for sharing this time round the sun with me... Here's to you- may only blessings come. I love you (more) Me" I just wanted to share this with my brethren in Talkbass. All of you have been such a source of inspiration, support, & knowledge. It's been a tough but great year for me. With the support of my family I have been able to chase my dream and continue to play music while doing odd jobs. It's really made me value the things in life that fill my heart. Thank you!