To my Son on His First Birthday

Myles, you are turning one year old today and there is just so much I want to tell you. But since you are only one and only understand how to put things in your mouth, I decided to write you this note.

I believe the universe put you in my life for a reason.

When it did, how it did and why it did.

You are turning one today and that also means so am I.  I have been a mother for one whole year, keeping you alive, happy and healthy. That is much more than I can say for any plant I have ever owned.

I made a promise to you the day I met you that for the rest of your life I will do anything and everything to make you happy. Protect, support, and of course, love you.

I don’t care if you end up liking soccer or ballet.

I don’t care if you end up loving girls or guys.

I am here to love you, always.

I will even learn how football works and not just stare at the player’s butts.

I will stay awake through baseball games even though they are literally the most boring thing in the world.

There is only one of me, and I will do everything humanly possible to be both your mom and your dad.

I am so sorry your father chose to not be around, but I am thankful you are still too young to realize it right now.

But I promise you that you are loved by devoted hearts all over the world. My chosen Australian family thinks about you daily and the quantity of love you have from everyone here is indescribable.

You will never fully recognize how much joy and love you bring to everyone’s life.

 I am looking forward to teaching you about life. The importance of family, culture, travel, and of course, bacon.

To teach you manners, love, music, respect and kindness.

I want you to have your own opinions and beliefs even if they are not like mine.

I just want you to know you can always be you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Some may say I am an “oops” prone person and I probably would have to agree. So yes, you were a bit of a surprise when you popped up on an ultrasound screen, but you are without a doubt the best oops that has ever happened to me.

Thank you for bringing meaning to my life.

Happy 1st Birthday, my beautiful son.

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