And Then He Was 7.

Dear Brayden,

2558.  That’s how many days it’s been since the first time I saw you.  The first time I held you.  The first time I saw your bright blue eyes.  The first time I felt responsible for someone else’s life.  Their well being.  And it was scary.  You scared me.  You still scare me.

You are a force to be reckoned with.  You are wise beyond your years.  You have an old soul.  You feel so deeply.  You think so much.  You love so hard.  And that is scary for a mom who wants to protect your beautiful, big heart.

Sometimes you might feel like you don’t fit in.  And I know that is hard when you are a kid and the only thing you don’t want to be is different.  But, being different is what I love so much about you.  And I have no doubt that one day that is the thing you will love most about yourself as well.

So keep feeling deeply and thinking too much and loving so hard.  Because there is no one alive who is Youer than You.  I am so thankful that you are you and I have gotten to love you for 2558 days.  And I will keep on loving you for a million more.

Love,

Mama

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