Today I am just writing a short post to wish my husband Mr. Trent a very Happy Birthday. We are going to be going to dinner with his entire family on the Belle of Louisville for a dinner and cruise. Of course it is going to be one of the hottest days of the week. I just hope it cools down a bit before we get there.
The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world. Though we know her today as the Belle of Louisville, she was originally named the Idlewild when she was built in 1914 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was designed to be a ferry and day packet vessel (for freight work), and was also outfitted for her later career as an excursion boat. Completely paddlewheel-driven with a steel hull that draws only 5' of water, she was able to travel on virtually every navigable inland waterway, earning her the distinction of being the most widely traveled river steamboat in the nation. The Belle was named a National Historic Landmark on June 30, 1989.
As you can see she is 101 years old. The fact that I am terrified of water is just a small factor. My brother-in-law got tickets for 26 of us tonight to celebrate the anniversary of one brother-in-law and my husbands birthday all at once. When asked if we wanted to go to dinner on the Belle my husband immediately said yes before checking with me. He later asked me if it was OK that we go and I told him yes even though I am afraid of the water I can see land on both sides so I will be OK. Besides, it is his day not mine.
So Happy Birthday to the man that makes my life both better and difficult, who brings a smile to my face when I need it most and who always has my back. I love you and hope you have the best day ever.