A Birthday Letter For Ty

Dear Tyson,

I have started this letter a handful of times but quickly become overwhelmed with all that I want to say: lots of boring, cliché type sentiments, silly stories, and sappy memories.

But mostly, what I really want you to know is how extremely proud of you I am. How proud I am of the little boy you have become. How proud I am of the person you are becoming. How proud I am of the growth you’ve made in the last year.

In the last year: you found your voice, your confidence, your friends. You discovered a love of all things Transformers, Star Wars, and Lego. You can often be found lugging around a bin of your “favorite things”: your well-loved Star Wars Lego guide, your favorite transformer of the moment, and your stuffed dog “Simba”. I swoon at your love of books and marvel at your Lego building talents.

You continue to learn new words and new things everyday. And teach me just as much. The empathy and protectiveness you show for your brother touches my heart in ways I’ll never truly be able to articulate in prose. You are often the first at his side when he falls and the first to wonder what he’s doing when he’s out of sight.

Know that I may not remember THIS day in years to come, but I will always remember the day you were born. The day you opened my eyes to what it means to be a better person, a true role model, a Mom.

My hopes for you are limitless. I love you “to the city and back”.

Happy 5th Birthday!

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