Notes for my Boy

I hope there is never a day in your life where you don't feel like you are strong enough to lift a mountain, smart enough to defeat a ninja, and brave enough to fight a crocodile.

I hope you always get quiet when you see an ambulance and whisper a prayer for whoever might be inside. I hope you never stop laughing at your own jokes, and that vegetables are forever your favorite. I hope you always cheer on firefighters when their lit up truck zooms past us.

I hope that someday you'll run up to your wife, grab her face, look her in the eyes, and tell her she's "so pretty." I know from experience, it'll make her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.

I hope you keep defending your sister and fighting for her, even if you were fighting with her just moments before. That you keep that goofy proud smile when you beat others to the door and open it for them. That you continue to look at yourself in the mirror and admire how strong you are, even on the days that you don't feel it.

You sweet boy, deserve the world. Yet right now, you'd give it all up just to make another person smile. Stay humble. Stay confident. Stay empathetic. Stay silly.

Be you, and always be proud of who you are.