On this night 15 years ago, I knew life would change forever.
You were our first born child. With your birth, our family would be born. Until that moment your father & I couldn’t understand how much we could love another human being.
You are the only one who has been with us since the beginning of our family, & sometimes I look at you and am overcome by the journey we’ve been walking together.Your first cry captured our hearts & you have continued to amaze us ever since. We have watched in awe as you have grown. Your first word, step, sleepover, dance, first girlfriend. Each & every first was done by you. Our hearts have expanded more than we ever thought possible. You’ve watched me grow & learn. Though I am your mother, in many ways, we’ve grown & learned together.
With each step into your future, you will grow stronger & learn more. You’ve already picked up your own shield and prepared your own armor.
-I wanted you. Not a baby, not a son, YOU. You’re exactly what I hoped for.
-I don’t really care what you do when you grow up. As long as you are happy & safe.
-I am proud to call you my son. Not only because I love you, but because I trust you enough, even right now at 15, to become the kind of person I can be proud to know.
-You can change the world. People will try to discourage you, you may even try to discourage yourself, but you can & I know you will.
-I believe in you. I know you’re going to read this & then leave it lying on your bed when you go to school. It will probably fall behind your bed and disappear into the oblivion of your dirty room. When you pack up in a few years to go off to college you’ll probably find it, and read it, and remember that I believed in you when you were 15, just like I did when you were 5, just like when you were 5 months, just like I will until the day I die, & even after that too.
Thank you for being my son, for helping me and your father start our family and for walking out this journey with the five of us. I’m in awe of this life we are living together and humbled by what you bring to it. Thank you, for your endless honesty, spirit & old soul.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAR 🐻
Love you forever & always