Written while celebrating T’s birthday on the road: June 16
T has this cool party trick that he learned just in time for his June celebration; whenever you say “Happy Birthday T!” he blows as hard as he can, as if there is a cake and candle in front of him. Today is his first birthday, and we have been blowing out real and imaginary candles all day. It makes you wonder what T would wish for if he knew that part of the drill. Since he is unable to speak at this very young age, I have taken it upon myself to wish some things for him. So here it goes . . .
T, I wish you health and happiness always.
I wish for you the ability to always love yourself and the assurance that God and your family (including your mama!) will always love you – no matter what.
I wish for you a kind world.
In addition, (forgive me, but I am your mama…) I wish that when you someday choose to leave/expand the happy little bubble that I have tried to create around you, you will be able to create/define your own happy bubble of friends and family (while still engaging with the world in your own real and powerful and fulfilling ways).
Finally, I wish for you to grow as you should (but I must confess my secret wishes that you won’t grow up too quickly, and that even when you are grown, you will still occasionally hug your mama. But no pressure.)
I love you, T, for everything that you are and for whoever you decide to become! Thanks for an amazing year!