Hays, I love you! I love you so much! You've done so much growing up this past month and you have handled everything with such maturity and compassion. I've been so proud of you! I've hurt so much for you and with you. I've loved having you crawl up in my lap and cry like you were my little bitty guy again (loved the crawling up in my lap part, not the hurting part). You've been so compassionate and empathetic and sweet. I'm so amazed by the realness I have seen in you this past month. You're a great kid!
Many times I've posted about my song for you, "I Wish" by Heather Headley. One verse says:
I wish you rainy days
So you can know the beauty of a clear blue sky.
I wish you falling leaves
So you'll understand that seasons change.
You've see rainy days and falling leaves lately and I have hated it so badly for you, but I am thankful that you have seen these "rainy days" so you can be thankful for "a clear blue sky" and now you do know, first-hand, that seasons change. The whole song expresses so perfectly what I truly do wish for you and this verse is no exception.
Anyway, wow--that got sappy and sad (I'm crying. . .again), I didn't mean to go there. I'm just so proud of my boy! He's wonderful and I couldn't be happier to call him my son!
Happy birthday, Hays! I love you more than you'll ever understand!