Birthday Letters : Eleven
You have officially made your 11th ride around the sun! What an adventurous year it has been!
A month after your 10th birthday we hopped a train and went to Maine to spend a week with family in a magical cottage on the bay. Your cousin took you in a kayak for the first time. We had a bonfire on the beach, flew a kite and ate dinner on the porch while watching the seals. It was the year you went to your first drive-in movie. Your first meteor shower. The year you got your very own kayak. And the summer we read Moomins, Penderwicks and The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis. It was the year I woke you up to watch the lunar eclipse. The year you packed meals for the hungry and walked for the homeless. The year you plunged neck deep into the balls at The Beach Exhibit. The year we drove to New Jersey to have Thanksgiving dinner with all your cousins. It was the year we had a blizzard and made ice cream from fresh snow. The year you helped shovel your neighbor's sidewalk. It was the year we had a moonlight bonfire on a snowbank with our neighbors. The year you saw the art of Jenny Angus and found the ginormous Goliath Beetle. It was the year that you created the funniest school photo ever. The year that we drove all the way to Florida to visit your Great Uncle. The year you saw palm trees and alligators. The year you touched a dolphin, found a sea anemone and living sand dollar. This is the year you met ancient trees that sprouted their roots hundred of years before you sprouted yours. And there is still a whole lifetime of adventure still ahead of you.
You are delightful boy, thoughtful and kind. You surprise me with flowers when I join you at school for lunch on Fridays. You remember to thank the cafeteria staff at your school and say good morning to your bus driver.
You have a great sense of humor and enjoy making people laugh.
You are highly creative and skillful at a great many things like cartooning, origami and legos.
You taught yourself how to make smoke bombs, a scythe, and a grappling hook.
Your love of nature is deep and inspiring. You have a gift for finding creatures and take great care in releasing them right where you found them. Just this Spring you caught several toads, a turtle, a snake, a bullfrog tadpole and two newts!
One of the many things I love about being your mother is the way you infuse my life with wonder, curiosity and laughter. Thank you for picking me to be your mother. Thank you for the reciprocal gift of unconditional love and for the many ways you show it.
On this anniversary of your birth, may you know how deeply loved and admired you are. I celebrate you!
(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
Happy 11th ride around the sun, Satchel.
Thank you for being my son.
All my love,
(Posted at the time of your birth)
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