Dear Smiling Son, today is your 4th Birthday and it has been a great couple of days. On Sunday you celebrated with your best friends. I saw videos and photos – it looked like you all had a great time. Yesterday, you got your big present from Mommy and me. We gave you a red tag-a-long bike and then we all went bike riding at Sacajawea Park in Longview – you were grinning ear to ear the whole time.
This morning, you opened the gifts your Big Sister and I got for you. A truck to “haul” Hot Wheels, and some track with a loop. You also got some wooden cars from Aunt and Uncle – you had a great time playing with all of these. But most of all, you liked the truck from your Sister because it was “long, and big!” I can tell that you adore your Big Sister.
Later this afternoon, we drove to Portland to go roller skating at Oaks Park – this is what you wanted, and Mommy made sure it happened. It was almost 100 degrees outside – a great sunny, Summer day!
It took a few tries getting the right roller skates, but we finally settled on the kids strap on plastic ones, and you were off like a pro. It was a great day and we all had a lot of fun!
After skating, we went over to Sellwood Park and ate cupcakes with Grandpa. Then you all took me to work – it was sad to end the day and say goodbye to you. Both you and your Big Sister had a short ride in the ambulance and blew the siren. Again, you were very excited.
You are a great boy. You have a great disposition, great attitude, and are very loving. Your Mommy and I love to see you growing up. You are sweet, determined, and yet very easy to be around. You love to cuddle, love to wrestle, and you love Cars (the movie, toy cars, and real cars). In fact, anything that moves, you provide the soundtrack of a race car. It is awesome!
You are very smiley, a little shy when you first meet new people, but very willing to engage when they ask you questions. You are strong, athletic, and very curious. I am so very proud of you.
It’s a little sad seeing you get older. You are in such a hurry to grow up, but I know that in just a few years, I won’t have my “little” boy anymore. There will come a time when you won’t want to cuddle, you won’t want to wrestle, and you definitely won’t want to sleep in our bed. I get that – I understand. But I will miss it.
There’s a little part of me that is sad to see you grow up – but another part of me that is very excited, and very proud of you. I know that you were created in God’s image, and I see a lot of your Mommy and me in you.
You also have a little sly side to you. You like to trick and tease, and you love to try and hurt me – which makes us both laugh. When we wrestle, you like to jump as high as you can into the air and land on my chest with your knees. You love it when I tickle you under your arms, on your knees, and try to get your belly. You like to try and get my belly too.
Smiling Son, I love you will all of my heart. I never knew how much fun it would be to have a Son – especially a Smiling Son like you. It is clear to me that you copy almost everything I do – you watch me, mimic me, and try to emulate me. It is so much fun to watch. It is so much fun to be your Dad.
I love you so much – I don’t know if I could ever tell you how much I love you – I don’t know if I could ever find the right words. I am so proud of you – and I will never stop loving you – ever.
I love you forever!