~ Happy Birthday my darling boy ~
Seventeen years have flown by!
For as long as I can remember you have had a sincerity about you.
You have never had to say much, your eyes said it all.
No one ever told you how to be polite or kind or thoughtful, it came to you easily.
I can't take credit for that, it's just the way you are.
You were born with kindness in your soul.
You are tenacious, hardworking and dog-eared determined.
You set your mind to something and find a way to achieve it.
Quitting has never been an option.
You dare to believe in possibilities and challenge the status quo.
That can be frustrating but you are sure of the path you must follow.
Keep your course my son, you see problems as opportunities.
I have watched you grow each and every year
and couldn't be more proud of the man you are becoming.
You are good and kind, through and through.
I have watched the little boy within trying to find his way.
The hurdles seemed larger than expected but you have navigated them well.
My son, live each day with purpose.
Let integrity be your standard.
Fight the good fight. Smile at the storm.
Remain calm under pressure.
Expand your heart, be generous whenever you can.
Pursue passion. Love deeply.
Say sorry, often.
Find a reason to laugh every day.
Follow your dreams. Overcome adversity.
See the silver lining on the darkest of days.
Take out the garbage.
Look out for your sister.
Have faith in your own ideas.
Listen with an open heart, filter truth carefully.
This life will require faith, love and courage, I know you have what it takes.
I look forward to seeing your future unfold.
Happy Birthday son!