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Dear Son,

I’ve saved every memory…every mental note…every hug…. moment… and tucked them away.  From the time when you needed my hand to hold so you could wobble on toddler’s legs… needed me to push you in the swing… hold up your bike… place your fingers on the stitches of your first football…. steady your own rifle….drive for the first time…. I’ve still got all those moments…and carry them each and every day. 

 

 

I want you to know that no matter your age…. your abilities… your self-awareness…. and independence… you are my little boy.  When you’re bigger than me….taller than me… stronger than me…. I will still carry you in my heart with the strength of a mighty oak.  There is nothing more important to me….

Now, it’s yet another birthday… Enjoy these days…. they pass quickly…quietly…and are irretrievable.  Make each step you take be towards something useful…each word you speak be spoken with care and intent….each embrace you give be given with sincerity… Every night, when you finish your day…be thankful for it…. be proud of it… then tuck it away…. Look on each tomorrow with hope… improve your life…seek out precious moments… carry honor….respect….compassion with you that they may become part of your every step…deed…. along this journey.  Remember… that you carry your family, as we carry you, in all that you do…all that you become….all that you allow to become absorbed into your character….  Sometimes, in life, pride stands in our way of great things….pride has its place…find it early… Often, the impact others benefit from us is more important than our personal gain…. Always use words like “ma’am”, “sir”, “thank you.”  Make it a rule to be the one to open doors whenever there is an opportunity, regardless of the gender, the place, the weather.  Most people never figure this out, but becoming a man is hard work, but seldom the result of being a hard man.  Kindness and gentleness are fundamental building blocks of building character.  Your reputation will carry far if it’s a good one… your character will be the stuff folks talk about well into your adult life… Search…never think you know it all….and always strive to learn….listen…. always hear the opinions of others…  Be aware of the needs of those around you, for one day we are all in need of a friend. 

I’m so very…very proud of you.  I love you with all that I am…with all of my heart.

Happy birthday, son.

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