a letter to my son on his third birthday.
happy golden birthday to my sun – a boy with a personality as bright and bouncy as his hair! hunter you are sweet, hilarious, and more thoughtful than i ever knew a little boy could be.
you are overflowing with joy, finding happiness in even the smallest moments. you lose your shit at the mere sight of construction equipment and squeal with delight as we drive past cows and horses. and get this – you actually thank me for grocery shopping and buying edamame!
but my absolute favorite thing about you is instead of keeping all that joy to yourself you spread it!
you shout “hello!” out the windows to all our neighbors as they walk by with their dogs and families and call each by name. you scream “thank you!” to the mailman. you wave to dogs and turkeys.
a few months ago you were very sick for almost two weeks and even had to go to the hospital. despite scary high fevers that would not break for over ten days, you were the most cheerful boy, munching on chips and salsa in the middle of the night and never once complaining.
your birthday party today looks a little different than it did the last two years. covid19 has taken a lot away from all of us these last months, but it has not wiped away your smile or your complete delight in small things and tiny joys. i am totally certain you are going to have an utterly awesome stay at home birthday!
this year i watched you fall in love with the beach, grilled cheese sandwiches, and the beastie boys. you wake up incessantly talking and don’t quit until you are asleep again. you love your dog, your fish, and your new chickens. your sister janet is your whole world. every day you teach her new words as well as plenty of naughty tricks. you are a fruit snack-a-holic and a potato chip fiend. you worship your older cousin jack and treat your younger cousins veyda and emilia like the punk rock princesses they are. you are generous and kind. silly and wild. you are a blessing my sun.
hunter i am so proud of the little man you are. i cannot wait to see how you will grow and what you will discover these next 365 days!
i love you hunny.