It’s your 5th birthday today. A pretty big deal. Five years ago, you came into this world and you changed everything.
So much can happen in five years. Five years before you came, I hadn’t met your dad. I was living in New York, and the last thing I was thinking about was being a mom.
Now I can tell you that the best thing I’ve done in the last five years is you.
In fact, the best thing I’ve done in my whole life is you. And I assure you, there’s nothing else I can do that will be better.
But I can’t take credit anymore, Lucas. Because in five short years, you’ve done so much on your own. You’ve smiled, discovered your hands and feet, crawled, walked, ran, talked, questioned, yelled, drawn, written, hugged, held hands, made friends, played, created, learned, loved.
When my back was in pain and I laid on the ground, you crawled over to me and put your hand on my face.
When your friend Stephen got hurt at school, you sat with him all day and made sure he was alright.
When I picked you up at daycare, you ran at me full force and nearly knocked me over. Every day.
When you were two years old, you discovered you loved lights and things that spin. Now you’re building circuits and amassing a strange and wonderful collection of fans.
You laugh easily, and your laugh makes everyone else laugh. Your smile brightens the room. You power our family like the sun, and you warm all those around you.
That’s the kind of beautiful boy you are, Lucas.
These past five years with you have been nothing short of magical. I look at you and can’t believe there was ever a time before you.
This precious, precious time with you. It’s going by quickly. I never wanted to live forever until the day you were born. Then I looked at you and thought: I can never leave you. I know someday, someday before I even know it, you’ll strike out on your own. Thirteen more years in our home is not enough. Fifty more years on this Earth together (God willing) is not enough.
Eternity wouldn’t be enough.
But for now, let me just say, I’m so thankful for these five years, Lucas. Happy birthday.