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My Son Has Hallmark Beat

Yesterday was my birthday.  When my husband woke up at 6:30 am to make me breakfast (I am a lucky girl), he found my six-year old son already awake, working hard on this:

It read:

Dear mom, the hole family loves you, but the best part about you is eavin you loves yourself.  You ceap M and I rilly safe in this house and we all love you, nomter what.”

“Happy Birthday MOM!”

“MOM you are a star.”

I love everything about this card, especially:

  • The spontaneity, he did this on his own, without suggestion.  He couldn’t sleep because he was excited to write it
  • The fact that he values loving yourself.  If I helped instilled that in him, I am thrilled.
  • At an age where we discuss strangers, bad guys and monsters under the bed, he feels safe in his home.
  • The statement, ‘I love you no matter what’ has stuck with him.  I tell him this after I have to discipline him.  It warms my heart that he heard me.

My son loves to write.  He writes stories and illustrates them on his own.  I love that he has a passion for writing. 

I am humbled and touched that he so beautifully captured what I am trying to teach him.  Knowing that my parenting efforts are reaching him is the best birthday present I could receive.

What’s the best birthday present you have received?

  1. March 31, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Oh, you’re so right. He does have Hallmark beat.

    I tell my hubs and kids: NO STORE BOUGHT CARDS.

    Their cards are enough for me: no presents needed.

  2. March 31, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Oh, dear god, that’s cute – I’d have that framed & mounted and show it to everybody who came into the house (especially the first girlfriends, whenever they should start coming about).

    You’ve instilled some great things in your son – I hope my kids grow up with that same “safe” feeling and some of the fire I have in my own belly evident in the things they learn to love.

  3. March 31, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Happy Birthday! That is very sweet!

  4. March 31, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Oh, yes – that is precious. Just precious. You are a STAR.
    Nice job, mama.

    And Happy Birthday to you, indeed.

  5. March 31, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! I had tears in my eyes reading this – it’s one of the most treasured memories when they are young. My son is also six and when I’m writing, he will stay next to me and create his own book and illustrations. There is nothing like it in the world – enjoy your beautiful children!

  6. March 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

    That birthday card from you son is the most precious thing and pretty much sums up what an awesome job you are doing as a parent. Happy, Happy Birthday, my dear friend ♥

  7. March 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

    That is so sweet. I wonder if some day I too will have an unprompted gift such as this.

    I could really use one today.

    Happy birthday!

  8. March 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday to you Paige! Put that card in a page protector and keep it safe! It will bring you much joy for years to come! 🙂

  9. March 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Paige! Your son really have Hallmark beat! Btw, I have a birthday present for you. Please visit my blog to see it. 🙂

  10. April 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    That is the most awesome birthday card EVER.

  11. September 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Well, that brought a tear to my eye, woman. I love that he said “you love yourself”. Such an important lesson. You’ve obviously done a damn good job raising that kiddo.

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