My dearest Lawyer,
There are so many things I want to share with you to let you know how loved you are and how much laughter and joy you bring to this family. From a really young age (6 months old?), I knew that you were going to be a determined, independent spirit. You definitely became those things but little did I know how much more you would become. I don’t think I have ever known a more confident, strong-willed, fearless, and capable leader such as yourself. While at times it might want me to pull my hair out, I also am so thankful that you have these attributes since I know that you will pave your own way in life and follow your own course. I pray that passion and spirit you have is never crushed since it seems at times society tries to dictate who we are and the path we should follow.
I have had the pure joy to watch you grow up over these last 8 years and while raising you hasn’t been the easiest thing I have ever done, it’s certainly been the most rewarding. Some days I look at you and still see a little boy and other days I’m blown away by how tall you are, how mature you act and how much you are growing up right before my very eyes.
Even this morning as I put away the laundry, I was reminded of how big you are getting….we can just about wear the same size clothes! And on your birthday, you received your first big boy mountain bike….a bike that is the same size as mine. When did you grow up? Stop it, stop it, I say!! I remember when you first learned to pedal on your own bike with training wheels. And then, that wonderful day came when it was time to take those training wheels off so you could ride alone without the extra help.
Whatever you do, just don’t grow up too fast. Don’t try to speed through life….this life we have been blessed with is the only one we have been giving so enjoy each and every day, Lawyer. Think about the talks we get to have walking to and from school. Remember the way the wind felt as you swayed to and from on the tree swing out front. And please don’t forget the awesome bike rides that we get to go on as a family. These are the things that make life what it is and it’s worth far more than money, fame or success!
I love you, Lawyer. Don’t ever forget how much you are loved!
I’m part of a wonderful group of photographers that is joining in a monthly project called “Letters to Our Sons”. Please follow the link to Leah Cook so you can read her letter and see her images for this month. She will in turn have another photographer for you to follow through to. I hope you enjoy following along!