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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Five FabulousThings About Todd

Todd is my brother-in-law, of more than ten years' standing. It's his birthday today (mark your calendar, Mom), so here is his post.

As always, y'all who know Todd should feel free to add your own fabulous things in the comments. Y'all who don't know him, make something up. As long as it's complimentary, it will probably apply.

1. Todd is a high achiever (bachelor's degree from handsome private university, J.D. from even handsomer top-ten law school, competition-winning drummer, rather elite athlete)...

2. ... but he doesn't brag about it. A lesser man would toot his own horn; Todd tooteth not. A lesser man would wrap himself in false modesty; Todd has perfected an easy low-key warmth that reads as absolutely genuine.

3. Todd is possessed of a dry, sly sense of humor that delights all who know him.

4. Todd loves my sister Shannon and their dog Porsche tremendously, takes great care of them when they're sick or injured, celebrates with them when they're well, and periodically sacrifices so they can have something that will make them happy. What more could one ask?

5. He competes vigorously and with great good humor to be my mom's favorite son-in-law, all the while understanding that the Monaghan definition of "favorite" is inclusive, not exclusive.

Happy birthday, Todd, and many happy more!


At 8:14 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

Another great thing about Todd is that after many years of sole in-law status in our family (and being "sole" in our family is a true accomplishment) he very warmly welcomed Lee to join in the in-law fun. Of course, it helps that they appear to be two sides of the same penny, but I'm sure even if Lee weren't a Virginia who goes by his middle name and has a last name that starts with a W also who competes in various athletic events too, Todd would have been just as gracious. :) Happy Birthday, Todd!!

At 12:29 PM , Blogger Erin said...

A few more specific examples of why I think Todd is great:
1. Because he endures annual sugarfests with sisters-in-law in December, when the (ahem) magic of Cookie Weekend begins anew. And yes, I do consider the years of strategic decampment to constitute a form of endurance, as well as the more recent marathons of dog-duty and chief taste-tester :)
2. Because thanks to him, I'm not the only lawyer in an artistically inclined family.
3. Because fact #2 doesn't limit our conversations in the least ...
4. Because I'm not the tallest one in formal family photos anymore, even in heels!
Hope you have a great birthday, Todd -- erin

At 8:05 PM , Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

Ah, Todd. He is a great man.

For a while there I knew Todd as one of the other guys on campus with long-ish hair.

He provided me with a copy of "Sting of the Bumblebee." It must be heard to believe.

He tolerates me well.

And, when his wife and my wife danced with Sarah J. at my wedding he smiled, laughed, and siad "Who knew that tonight would be the end of the world."

Thus saith Todd.

At 9:14 AM , Blogger W. Todd Watson said...

Thank you all for the kind comments. Sorry to be late to the party (my party, I suppose), but yesterday was pretty hectic.

At 9:22 AM , Blogger meeegan said...

No problem! You're the guest of honor; you get to show up whenever you want.

Hey, when you get a second, would you send me your folks' email address? I think they might enjoy reading this posting and its comments.

At 11:38 AM , Blogger SAJ said...

End of the world? Hey, I resemble that remark!

Despite that, Todd kicks ass, as always. He thrives with La Monaghans, and even puts up with Shannon's neurotic friends resonably well. And he only likes really high-quality chocolate, so keep that in mind when you're sending presents his way.


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