Wow…Eleven years ago today you were born. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I was scared and anxious as we left for the hospital. We would be coming home as three. When you were born, there were dozens of people that came to meet you. Everyone was SO excited. You were a sweet baby. You didn’t want to sleep much, heck you don’t now, but not sleeping didn’t make you too crabby. You were spoiled by everyone. You didn’t like napping much, but you loved snuggling. So if I would hold you during the day, you could snooze for hours. You were so spoiled. Even once I returned to work, your babysitter would hold you every day for your afternoon nap. I think it’s because you were so snuggly. It was relaxing to just sit and hold you.
You have always been smart. You started walking early, Halloween night, as a matter of fact. You were just about 9 months old. You took off walking across a hardwood floor…in only your stocking feet, which no one would have suspected to be a problem because YOU WERE NOT EVEN 9 MONTHS OLD. Five steps in and you were on your butt. And because you were so smart, you chose NOT to walk for almost another month. Then one day, in the middle of the fabric store, you just walked clear across the store. Fort Morgan was such a small town that everyone in the store knew you and cheered for you. You were so proud of yourself, as was I. You also spoke very early. At 8 months old you could say dog, sock, mama and dada. By 9 months nothing was off limits…including dammit, which I’m proud to report you used in the right context when pushing the water dispense button on the fridge and getting soaked. By the age of 2 you had a US puzzle that you could name almost every state and could put together in no time at all.
Because you are so naturally smart, school subjects have always been easy for you. Sitting in class, actively participating, and not goofing around however…have not been easy. Every year at conferences your dad and I know exactly what we will hear. He’s so bright, but what a pain in the butt. (That’s not what they say EXACTLY, but that’s what we hear.) You love to read, you love computers, you love your HAL subjects….as long as you can do them on your time. It may very well be a life long battle for you. But, I know, no matter where your decisions take you, you will be successful.
You have the biggest heart. You care about people. As a small child, you were often cognisant of how others must be feeling. You are still very empathetic, to everyone…except your sister. You give the most remarkable hugs. When you see someone struggling with their emotions, you do what you can to help them be happy or feel better. I hope you continue to develop this skill as you get older, it’s very important and not everyone can do this. You do it very well.
And now for the fun….you’re hilarious. I mean, roll on the floor laughing, hilarious. I love that about you. You’re humor is directly related to your brilliance. You see things in a way that often others don’t. You say things that make people think. Everyone notices your smile, your sense of humor and your adult wit.
On your birthday, I want you to know what I want for you in your life. I want you to learn to work hard for what you want. I hope that you understand that you can have all the things you’re looking for, IF you’re willing to work for them. The world doesn’t hand you much…you have to make things happen for yourself. I want you to find something that makes you truly happy. I want you to pursue your passions, find a way to make those your livelihood. You can do anything you put your mind to so find a way to do something you love. I want you to find a way to value the opinions, directions and wisdom of your elders. Learning from others mistakes can make life a little less painful. Embrace life, have fun, be responsible and accountable and most of all…FIND A GOOD NURSING HOME FOR YOUR DEAR OLD MOM WHEN SHE FINALLY CRACKS.
I love you, son. You are my pride and joy. Watching you grow up has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve EVER done. I know in my heart that you will grow up to be a strong man, with a big heart and a true passion for life. Don’t let anything hold you back. You decide your future. You have the heart, drive and passion within you to make all your dreams come true.
I love you,