The truth is that if it wasn’t for My Bride, I’d be living on some deserted island hunting wild boar and eating coconuts and running around a fire as crazy as the Mad Hatter.

But she rescued me from that life some time ago and brought me to Yemen. (YEMEN! of all places.)

And now, as you know, for some time we’ve all lived in Uganda, another popular tourist destination for Canadians coast to coast.

You may wonder how and why this all unfolded, and this is a fair question and when I fully understand the answer I will let you know.

In the meantime, I can tell you that today is My Bride’s birthday.

I know this to be true because while the kids were still eating their breakfast (it’s amazing what kids can do with their eyes closed) Jean and I danced slowly to this song, Little Jeannie, the song about that Jeannie who has so much love.

And my wife does have this. She has much love. And she shows it. And I suppose this is why I’m sitting here in Uganda in my shorts and bare feet writing this.

My wife loves people. She loves vulnerable mothers and children in particular. So much that she went to them even when they were in difficult places on the other side of the world.

Much has been published and broadcast about this, about Jean’s founding of Save the Mothers. Too much to share.

But I will draw your attention to this brief video, part of CTS’s absolutely fantastic Made In Canada series. Take a minute to see this clip here on Jean and the kids and some dude who sort of looks and sounds like Dad, who even claims to be Dad, some sort of Dad doppelganger.

(I honestly don’t know the fellow is, the guy they brought in for the family taping.)

In either case, I can’t think of a better birthday gift that My Bride would appreciate than knowing people were learning more about the plight of so many women who die during something as noble as bringing new life to the world.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin also recently shared Jean’s story with viewers across Ontario. Steve interviewed her right around the time she was honored in Hamilton for this. If you want to learn more about maternal health issues, and see Jean in one of her more stunningly beautiful interviews, take a few minutes to watch this show with Steve.

Since you were going to ask, My Bride is also featured in this Weekend Reader feature, in the Hamilton Spectator, which, as you know, is the finest publication I’ve ever seen. (Ever.)

(Especially for taking such a hot photo of my wife, let alone publishing another one of the kids in their swimsuits.)

And finally, if you just want to wish Jean a happy birthday, you can do so here. Tell her that I sent you.