January 3rd, 2011
Happy 5th Birthday! I love you more than all the Mario Brother worlds ever invented. You’re my fighter son, the one who would take on a hundred bad guys for me if you had to. Even just for fun!
I enjoyed our date at Highline Coffee today, just you and me, sipping hot chocolate. Sitting at five different tables, just so we could try them all out, was fun too! I noticed how the first time we switched tables, it was because I mentioned that I liked the one by the window. I noticed when you pushed the door open for me at Tony’s, and I noticed when you moved over on the couch to make room for CJ, because he wanted to sit with us. You spent a long time with Moosies this morning, making her a nest of blankets to play in when she was sad. And you gave me your last bite of mint chocolate chip biscottii, because you know it’s my favorite!
I remembered that you’ve always been this way, a lover of people. You love to surround yourself with us, your family, and you love to give to the people you love. You wiggle yourself into our hearts, and stay there. Cozy, snuggly, ever since you were born. You still crawl into bed with me and fall asleep, the only one of my four kids that will!
And when you’re awake, the whole world wakes up too. I’ve never met a boy so full of life! Your passion and overwhelming energy is a gift, Cboy, and I hope you never lose it. Even when Daddy and I get mad at you, don’t stop throwing your arms wide open to life. Keep taking risks. Keep doing cartwheels, and flips, and climbing to the very tippity-top of the trees. I will always be scared for you, but I will try very hard to never stop you.
I love how your eyes twinkle when you grin. That grin you first gave me when you were just three weeks old, as I was changing your diaper. You’ve been grinning ever since! My heart still lights up when you send that grin my way, and I want to capture forever that wild, joyful trust.
The world hasn’t hurt you yet, but it will. I will cry, even if you don’t. But don’t stop, don’t ever stop loving people! Fight for them. Be brave and courageous, and find your strength in God. Man will fail you, but God never will. Stay full of life, and love, and let others soak it up through you. I love you!
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