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A Letter to Eli on His Birthday

Dear Boogie ...

Today was your birthday and it was a great day, don't you think? It started out a little shaky when you immediately started crying when I woke you up to tell you 'Happy Birthday'. You said you were sad because you were no longer 10, because it was a great year. Your 10th year was a great year, and every year before it. But I gently reminded you that it is time to start building memories in a new decade. Your reaction was just like you ... you are not someone who is ready to move onto the next phase of your life. You are always content being right where you are.

That's one of the things I love most about you. Nobody in the world appreciates the every day the way that you do. And holidays and special events are just icing, days intended just for family. Today we had your perfect day. You slept late, ate all your favorite foods (the same things you eat every other day), played video games with your sister and then your daddy and brother later in the day, received phone calls and visits, and went to the movies. And that was all you needed. You were so happy and content.

I know we give you a lot of grief about being a little old man. But I have always loved little old men. Maybe that's one of the reasons I love you so much. You are definitely an old soul. And I love how you do not have even one mean bone in your body. You are lovable and kind and honest and faithful. I never have to worry about your actions. I never have to worry about your heart. You love your family and cherish your friends. It is easy for people to adore you, and they absolutely do.

I am grateful to God for choosing me as your mommy, your teacher, and your friend. I love taking care of you, learning with you, and hanging out with you. You are one cool kid and my life would be so empty without you.

So, buddy, here is to another decade. May it be as awesome as the last one.



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