a letter for my son to read when he's much older
Hey baby boy. Currently, you're only 13-months-old and running around the house in diapers but sooner than I could ever imagine you're going to be reading this letter. Hopefully, it will reach you at a point in life when you need to hear it.
You're the most beautiful baby in the world. The moment you were born and I looked into your eyes I instantly fell in love. A mothers love for her son is something indescribable. Words could never produce the love I have for you. I was always told that once I had a child of my own, I would learn the true meaning of unconditional love. For years, it went through one ear and out the other because I wasn't blessed with the ability to understand yet. I thought I knew what unconditional love was and of course, I had the idea of it but what I was missing was the most important part. Unconditional love is exactly as it sounds, to love without condition. There's nothing in the world that you could do that would end my love for you. Naturally, I'll get angry, upset or disappointed with you when you do certain things but there's nothing you could do to make me stop loving you.
You're so incredibly bright, Armani. The first time I handed you a football, of course, a soft one due to your age , you threw it the correct way. You're just a baby! I was so proud. Sometimes I wonder if you've lived a past life and I have never been a believer of that. You pick up things instantly, you're a quick learner. If you weren't a clone of your father and I I'd wonder if they gave us the wrong child with how smart you are!
I don't care how you choose to live your life as long as you're happy and moving in a positive direction. I want what's best for you. I know you're going to do astonishing things and go far in life. When I look at you, I see a miracle. You truly are a miracle baby. You're special in so many ways. You're gifted. You were born gifted.
Go through life and experience all the positive things it has to offer. Don't worry about what's cool or in style. Screw all that. If you want to take karate classes, do it. If you're interested in dance, I'll sign you up for dance classes. Don't allow people to tell you that certain activities are for boys or girls. That's the farthest thing from the truth. Your uncle David took dance classes when he was young and he was great at it. I took dance classes and I'm surprised they didn't kick me out of the class, I was that terrible. If you want to try every sport and hobby there is, that's what you'll do. You'll never know if you're great at something unless you try. Don't allow fear or embarrassment to stand in your way. The first time you try something new, you probably will be horrible at it! That doesn't mean you should quit, it means you should practice. Most bestselling authors were rejected at least ten times before they were considered for publishing. Ten was a low number, there are many authors that were denied hundreds of times before accepted. There are literal geniuses that were held back in school. Professional sports played at one point were clumsy and couldn't make a score. You don't start the best at things, you excel to that point with practice and hard work. Nothing in life is handed to us and if it was, it wouldn't be worth having. Our experiences and efforts are what makes something special. When you work hard for something and achieve it, it becomes valuable to you. You'll cherish it more than if it was just handed to you.
I love you!