Ryan’s Miracle Watch HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!! 6/1/17

One peaceful morning, twenty-three years ago today, I was sitting underneath a magnificent black oak tree in the center courtyard of Kaiser, Walnut Creek reading (yes, I can read) the newspaper as Janine was in visiting her doctor for a briefing about the next day’s event. She had been scheduled for a C-section the next day because Ryan was breach (butt facing downward…thus the term butthead. Okay, I made that up), and try as they may, they could not get him to turn around; thus the need for a C-section. While I was sitting there (again reading), I noticed out of the corner of my eye, a nurse approaching me. She stopped right in front of me and asked if I was Mr. Buchanan. Without looking up, I said yes. She began talking again (interrupting my reading) and said that Janine’s water had broken and that she was being prepped for her C-section right now. Again, without looking up I said, let me finish reading the sports section and I’ll be in later. Her jaw hit the ground in front of me and she kinda went limp. It was then that I looked up, smiled and said just kidding…let’s go. It took her a moment to regain her composure and she then led me in to the operating room where a few moments later, Ryan was born.

That was the happiest day of my life. Oh wait! It was the second happiest day of my life. The first was when I met Jesus. Oh wait! Then that would make Ryan’s birth the third happiest day of my life. The second was the day I was finally able to go outside after a two-week bout with poison oak. No wait! That can’t be. Alright Janine. It was the day I married you…

Anyway, the Happiest of Birthdays to my oldest son Ryan. I pray we’re able to celebrate many more on and with purpose!

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