21/52 – This guy turned 10 today. Ten.years.old. A whole decade old. “Double digits now” he tells me. How did that time slip away? How is it possible that he was born a full ten years ago? That I became a mother for the first time ten full years ago? That ten years ago I held a tiny, 6lb, 6 oz, three weeks early babe in my arms and wondered “now what do I do”?
So much has happened over the past ten years. Twice more I’ve become a mama. But he’s the one that started it all. He is thoughtful. He is kind. He is soulful. He is a striker, a goalie, a chess player, a fisher. He loves math and music and his friends and the two little sisters who adore him. And if I am a better person, it is, in large part, because of him.