My Dear Karl,
Yesterday was your birthday, and as you know, birthdays in this family get blog posts of love and admiration from yours truly. I am going to gush a little today and I apologize right off the bat. I know that mother gushing can be a little embarrassing, but try to appreciate that occasionally a mother has to gush, especially over a son like you.
I remember the exact moment I found out I was pregnant with you. I was equal parts thrilled and terrified. Considering Jessica, it was hard not to worry a little bit that I was destined to have challenged kids, but you take what you're given and make the best of it. With you there was no making the best.....well....unless you count the first several months of constant crying....but after that it was like a switch was thrown and you became this beautiful, beautiful child, inside and out. You always had this incredible sweetness inside you and it was such a joy being your mother. It still is.
All through your life I've watched how you love people and are loved in return. Your group of friends, many of who are still with you now, your sister, your Grandmother, goodness how she loved you. You lit up her world in a way that I'm just now beginning to understand. On Saturday, both Dorene and Melissa talked about how easy you are to love and how much you mean to them. Your sweet wife who glows just a little when she talks about you. It's a special thing to be a person easy to love; a person who inspires the kind of loyalty and affection that you do. I take no credit for it at all, it's always been inside you.
There has not been a single day in your life, nor will there ever be, when I have not been proud of you. I'm so very proud to call you my son, and my darling, you are a wonderful son. You're there for me whenever I need you and I know you love me, which is a big deal for a mother of adult children. A really big deal.
I hope you had a day that was worthy of you. It will be Taco Tuesday tomorrow night as we celebrate together as a family. We are so blessed to be the family we are and to be able to spend time together each week. There is always a comfort among the chaos of family dinner nights.
Thank you for being my sweet boy. I love you with all my heart.