Ten years ago I was in my bed watching an episode of MASH, when a sudden sharp pain took over my body. That sharp pain was the beginning. The beginning of our time together, and the beginning of a love that I had never experienced before.
Oh me you are so excited to turn ten! This is a pretty epic birthday what with entering the double digits and all.
When you were born I always imagined what you might be like at this age, and you are so much more than I ever imagined. Specifically your heart.
When I recently told your sister that I couldn't buy her a movie that she really wanted, it was you that spoke up and said "I will buy it for her." Completely unprompted by me, and with your own money.
When we were walking around looking in a store and you decided you wanted to buy me a gift, that was all you.
When you saw me crying about the loss of a co-worker, you quickly came to comfort me "mom it was part of Gods plan."
Between those tender moments we do experience lots of first born behavior.
Driven in your academics, you do very well, but sometimes you get so frustrated. We've been working on that.
And there might be a little bossy behavior at times.
ESPECIALLY when it comes to your sister. We have to constantly remind you that you are not a parent, because I'm sure you think you co-parent with us.
But all of it makes me smile.
YOU make me smile.
And maybe that explains why the last decade with you has been the fastest decade of my life. Because you know what they say, time flies when you are having fun.
You are a treasure and a gift to me. I hope you always know that I am your biggest fan, and no matter where life takes us, I will always be rooting for you. Always.
I love you with all that I am.