Our dearest Robin,
We are still trying to come to terms with the fact that you will be turning seven years old in exactly four months from now. Wowww! How did this happen so fast son? We would be so ungrateful not to thank God for taking care of you. We thank Him for your life. Your smile. Your tears. You name it my big boy! The list is endless..
I am more than grateful to have your loving father beside me in this journey and the chemistry between you two is something no words can explain. We as your parents can`t do this with our own strength. For this reason, we are forever thankful to the Almighty Father for granting us the wisdom and knowledge we need to bring you up in His ways.
Year after year, your personality grows and shines Robin. It`s amazing how much you`ve grown and matured. You are much more independet. You can dress alone. You love taking your showers alone. You are not afraid to say your own opinion on something and you love it when i make your favourite dish; Soup and Fufu! Oooops! How can i forget to mention how you always get on my neck when it comes to me making our delicious meatpies??
In the years we’ve had together we’ve grown together, and we’ve grown to know you. These are the things we know so far:
We know that you are kind, smart and funny. You amaze us every day with your mad energy, your bottomless curiosity and zen-like wisdom. Underneath your wild impulse and enthusiasm for mischief, you have the gentlest heart. But, of course, some days there are clouds. Some days you`re angry. You shout or scream in frustration because you can’t get what you want. Well son, although you might not agree with everything we say or do, it is our duty to guide and lead you in the right path.
We have many hopes for you. We have hopes with deep roots for the boy you are and the man you will become. We hope we can guide you even though we don’t know all the answers. We hope we can teach you even though we haven’t learnt it all ourselves. We also hope that you find something good to do with those busy hands of yours: play the guitar, fix things, build things, care for people—whatever it is, use them to benefit and heal, not to break down or to hurt. We hope that you will always know your worth as a boy, as a man. And know that this will not change according to who you choose to love. We hope you will find your role in the world: your mission and purpose as a good man. Because we want you to know that good, strong, brave, mindful men are just as needed in this world as empowered women. There is not one without the other.
We hope you will know deep down that you have what it takes: to win the battle, to set off on the adventure, to conquer the monsters, rescue those in danger and protect what is right. We hope that you will always approach strangers with friendship and make them feel welcome. We hope that you will tell the truth when asked, even when it might get you into trouble. We hope you will stand up for truth, even when it is the scariest thing to do. Those are just some of the things we hope for you. The things we know and the things we hope for will grow and change just as fast as you are.
You are our moving centre: already moving too fast for us to catch our breath. Our love for you springs from the wide, deep river of life itself. A flow that cannot be stopped. When we look into your eyes, we plunge deep into it and touch our toes down in its mighty depths. we are sharply aware that soon, in just a breath or two: you will be grown-up, taller than us, hairier, stronger and wiser. Sometimes all we want to do is hold back the river just for a moment. Just long enough to soak ‘now’ in: a time when we can gather your whole body into our arms and hold you on our lap, when our kisses can cure your ‘Ows’, our songs can make you smile and our silly jokes can make you laugh.
Although our heart will always belong to you, you will soon take yours out into the wide world and our hugs, kisses and songs won’t have quite the same effect. You’ll also realise that our jokes are pretty lame. But we still have a pretty descent time to enjoy the little time that we have before that happens, right? We know we will have other things to offer then. We hope we will. And our love will be just as fierce and as tender as it is now.
May you always feel that love. May it echo beyond our physical presence, through all your days. May you always know that your parents love you, that you are worthy of great love, that you are made of love, and you our son, you are deeply loved.
And that no matter how tall or hairy or strong or wise you grow, you will always be OUR BABY.
Love and lots of mad love,
Daddy and Mummy 🙂
Ps: We didn`t plan to take this photos but i guess the best moments are those that aren`t planned, right?