Now you are 11, how things have changed!
You’re moving on to high school this year but I can still remember your first day of pre-school.
You clung to me like a baby koala and cried every time I left you, for most of the year.
Now when I drop you off outside school you casually say goodbye and nonchalantly wave, hardly glancing back.
You used to follow me around the house like a little shadow.
These days, I need to holler loudly to get your attention and rouse you from the wonders of Youtube.
You used to hold my hand all the time.
Now it’s a rare treat when you slip your hand in mine, but when it happens…..it literally makes my whole body smile, like when the sun peeps out from behind a cloud.
You used to make me feel like a super hero, every little thing I did was a wonder to you.
Now you dispute, argue and correct my endeavours.
But even though you are becoming more independent and less interested in my company, in many ways, you’ll need me more than ever over the next phase of your life.
Of course, you’ll pretend you don’t need me at all.
There’s a good chance you’ll become moody and sullen. You might say awful things you don’t mean.
But I’m going to make a promise to you now my lovely boy.
I promise that no matter how much of a sulky teen you become, I’ll always love you unconditionally.
Whatever mischief or trouble you get yourself into, you can tell me.
If something or someone is making you unhappy, I want to know.
If I ever lose you for a while, my doors and arms will always be open to welcome you back.
I will celebrate your successes and I’ll throw my arms around you when life gets tough.
There’s going to be many wonderful ups and inevitably one or two downs but whatever life throws at you…..
I’ll always be there.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEB!
LOVE ALWAYS & FOREVER