Dear Nathan on your 6th Birthday

Dear Nathan on your 6th Birthday

Dear Nathan,

Today you turn six years old. I have no idea how time passed so quickly. I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. It is a day I will never be able to forget because it was the day you made me a mom.

You are such a sweet, smart, creative boy. Some days I teach you and other days you teach me and I’m grateful for that. There are times of great frustration in our home. There is a lack of listening, sometimes yelling, and other normal child behavior but I love you and always will. I never want you to think you are unloved or unsupported. 

I look at the current state of the country and the world and I’m glad you and your sister are still so young. The idea of you having to deal with the emotions I have over all of this makes me so sad. I wanted to shelter you from this. I want you to only see the good in the world for as long as possible but unfortunately that just isn’t the case.

Sunday you and I had a very G-rated conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement. You understood no one should ever be judged, hated, or treated unfairly because of the color of their skin. I hope that you always remember that and continue to be a voice for those who can’t speak. 

You were born into a world of hope from your dad and I. I had hoped things would change between your dad’s family and us. I hoped, and still hope the world becomes a better place for you. I hope you succeed in everything you want to accomplish. But above all else, I will always hope you are happy, have empathy, and are a good person. 

Happy Birthday buddy! I love you more than anything.