My Beautiful Boy,
Eleven years ago, a baby was born and a mother was made; eleven years ago, both of our lives took a dramatic turn. From that day on, there would be nothing more important to me than your happiness, security and development.
You were very literally cut out of me. Yet despite that physical separation, we remain connected.
As a first time mother, you would think I’d be nervous. But, you were a first time person and didn’t even bat one baby eye, so that made me feel perfectly at ease. I followed your lead. I hit the “baby jackpot”, Sweet Pea! You were such a good baby — and this continues to this day. With you at my side, these eleven years have been more colorful, sweeter, vivid and alive.
You’re face is like visual Prozac, Sweets, and staring at it for just a few minutes, does more for my mood than a thousand jars of Nutella. I may have kissed all of your boo-boo’s, but you have also mended many of mine. You may grow older and wiser each year, but, I also grow along with you; today, we are both one year older.
From your baby outlook on life to the funny YouTube videos you ask me to view, to your simple solutions to complex problems, I couldn’t do this life without you. Today we don’t just celebrate your birthday, but also the anniversary of the happiest day of my life.
I say all of the above, because I want to impress upon you how much I love you, how much I appreciate your presence in my every day life and how vital you are to my sanity.
In just one day, you’ll be starting middle school. You’ll be exposed to various types of new personalities, peers and learning experiences. You will be expected to make important decisions that will begin to form the type of grown up you will become and sometimes it’ll be easy, but mostly it will be hard. You’ll have to remember all of the above — all of the instructions, lessons, tips,
episodes of Snapped and examples that Mommy has shown and told you about; you’ll need to apply them now.
You’re about to enter some of the most tumultuous years of your young life, my darling, and whatever
piles of prepubescent s**t you may step in, storms you may find yourself in, please know that no matter how many ‘grown up words’ fly out of my mouth, you are not alone … I will be here to help you through it all.
Always & Forever,