I remember like it was yesterday, the first time I saw you. You were so small and laid back. We looked at you and immediately knew that you were a “Liam.” You looked as though this name would suit you the rest of your life, and you know, so far you’ve proved nothing short of this name. You are a LIAM, a “determined protector.”
I could hardly believe that I had a child, yet there you were in my arms night after night. You don’t remember this, but you and I used to walk around the blocks of Alger Heights almost every night during that first summer. While we were together, we were able to calm down. That still happens today. I love just hanging out with you.
I’m amazed at how smart you are and how your brain works to solve the most difficult problems. You tackle them like a champ and rarely need our help these days. I love your architecture and inventions built with Legos and Tinker Toys. I love to watch you as your interact with the world and imagine yourself solving mysteries and hunting bad guys. You will someday have more intellect in your pinky than I have in my whole body. I pray you use it for good and building the world around you.
You are sweet and kind. You empathize and love well. You know what is fair and you expect others to follow suit. While this frustrates you now, someday it could become one of your most valuable assets. You seek excellence and expect excellence of others. Again, never let that go away, but always respond to others with grace. This won’t always be easy, but it is right.
Buddy, you are six! You are an amazing six year old who I’m not sure I could love anymore than I do right now at this moment. Happy Birthday, Liam! May this year be even better than the last.
Love you so much,