So many mothers say, “stay small forever.” Even me, i’ve said it to your chubby tummy,
and your wet smile,
and your fine wispy hairs, because you are my little one.
You will be my last one to need a car seat and the tooth fairy.
Night lights and hugs after scary dreams.
But the words never stick.
Instead they get dropped on the floor with crumbs and forgotten toys.
So, on this birthday, I say grow big, my love.
Grow in strength.
Grow in tenderness and righteousness.
Grow tall and wise.
Dance in the warm rays of sunlight.
Find beauty in different people.
Stand up for what you believe in.
Say yes to things that scare you, it will make you strong.
Make things with your hands
Chase things that are important to you. Chase them hard.
But keep your youth, hide it in your eyes and your smile. Keep it safe in your laugh and your pockets,
because you can’t stay small forever,
but you can stay forever young.