I never imagined how much you would fill my heart with joy.
Your curiosity, laughter, compassion and smile is contagious. You must be where the people are and you force a belly laugh when you hear us laughing because you want to join in. You make friends wherever you go. As we pass strangers, you hear, “Ah, que bello! Los ojos!” You never slow down, not wanting to miss a thing. You are fearless as you pull the dogs tails or try to mount them like horses.
You know what you want. Even if that means taking the butter right off the bread to eat it directly. Or picking out your daily clothing and shoes, including your pajamas. You never stop chatting, even as you go to sleep.
My dear son, in just a matter of months, you have made me a better person. I am challenged to grow in my compassion, patience, authenticity and communication. You are teaching me to slow down and see the flowers, insects, animals around me. You are teaching me to pray as you reach out for my hand and give an enthusiastic “Amen” every time. You are teaching me to love, to embrace, to want what is best for someone other than myself.
Thank you, my precious boy.
Photo by Betsy Markwald