My boy turns twelve tomorrow.
It was just yesterday I held you in my arms, curled like a comma into my love.
You are two-thirds of the way to being grown, and every day reveals more glimpses of the man you’ll become.
There are so many things to celebrate.
Your smile that lights up the world; I will do anything to elicit it.
Your perserverance in the face of any adversity.
Your unending patience with your little brother and his demands.
Your innate intelligence, and how you push yourself ever forward to achieve your goals.
Your words, in part because it helps your communicate, but mostly because saying them clearly makes you proud.
Your ability to inhabit the present moment.
Your abundant affection, which you shower upon me throughout the day.
How hard your work in school every single day.
Your ability to inspire everyone in your life to be their best selves.
Your inherent joy in the world around you.
Happy birthday to my sweet boy who made me a mom, my best job yet.
I love you!
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