I thought my life was perfect. Two terrific sons, a wonderful husband, a new house with a spare bedroom. I didn’t think it could get any better. Then you came along, and the relatively calm life we had with two kids gave way to the new hustle of three.
Your brothers were easy. You were hard. There were times when I resented the amount of effort it took to get through the day. But that was because I hadn’t yet learned what God wanted me to figure out. That you were the child who would complete me. That you were the one I still needed.
For you are the person who made me realize the greatest truth in life: that we are all EXACTLY what God wants us to be. There have been people along the way who didn’t get you, who thought you needed to change, to fit in a little better, to be more like the others. I must confess that I even thought that a few times. But watching your conviction to be yourself made me realize this great truth.
Now that you’re getting older, I see the greatness that is in you. You will do amazing things one day, because you think so big. I’m not yet sure what that thing will be, but I have no doubt the creativity inside you will one day change the world. You’ve already changed mine.
This year will bring big changes. You’ll be leaving boyhood behind soon, entering adolescence. Manhood isn’t far behind. But I know it will suit you. In fact, I think some of the constraints of childhood hold you back and that once you’re free to open up that amazing mind of yours you’ll reach heights even I can’t imagine. Yes, adulthood is going to suit you well.
So Happy Birthday, Little Man. Keep rocking the world!