Last night you graduated preschool and today you turn five. But I'm certain this isn't possible because you're the baby; you're not supposed to grow up. Yet somehow, you're the oldest - at least you think you are - and definitely the most entitled, complete with an I Will Rule The World attitude that is both admirable and challenging. Someday, you will rule the world in a way only you can, but for now, you rule ours with your charm, wit and impeccable sense of timing.
I'm not certain where these five years have gone... I know the first two were not what I had hoped for either of us and this is why I love you extra hard and kiss more than you want and snuggle you every chance I get. You have taught me to appreciate every single moment of every single day. I am grateful for you in every way.
It is so easy to love you.
There are lots of things I love about you... your feisty attitude, how smart you are, your quick-witted remarks, your self-confidence, the way you still like me to hold you - sometimes, your odd sense of fashion, the way you can beat the levels of Angry Birds I cannot... the list goes on. But one of my most favorite things is the way you love music and immediately learn the words to every song I play in the car or in the house and then sing along way too loudly with me to our favorites.
Big T, here's to a very happy birthday to you - my now 5 year old (going on 15) - who is very much the glue in our family.
I love you dude.
*Song: The White Buffalo's "Story"