Today, you are two, lovey.
The big, beautiful world is before you.
You are gonna light this world on fire
with that smile
mischievous and genuine in equal shares.
That day you were born
you snatched my heart and held it with both hands.
You gave me a new name:
You are light in dark.
You are here
I am humbled by your very being.
Here are two things I want you to know:
1) You belong. See all your family! They cheer you on. They correct you. They love you. They are by your side. Seal this in your heart, little man, you belong.
2) You matter. See what joy you bring each one of us! Your god cousins eat you up. Your mama and papa delight in you. Not for what you do, but for who you are. You matter. In every fiber of you, know you matter.
I love you, little man Z.
Live your story.
Light up this world with that smile, that laughter, that ingenious mind.
“To be given a name is an act of intimacy as powerful as any act of love…To name is to love. To be named is to be loved.”
– Madeleine L’Engle