To Michael on your Seventh Birthday

My first baby is seven. Today you turn seven!

I cannot believe that seven (SEVEN!) year ago we were living in a small 900 square foot apartment in Bismarck, ND and we were just meeting you for the first time. You changed everything. I think Lucy still resents you a little for stealing her thunder! You have been the most wonderful blessing and have taught your Dad and I so much. We have grown up watching you grow up.

Michael this past year you have shown us that no matter how you are hard-wired, you are capable of reaching out to others and offering them a helping hand, a high-five to cheer someone on, a hug to show love, and my favorite, a protective and watchful eye to keep your brother and sister safe. These acts of kindness make both your father and me beam with pride and say, “That is our boy.”

This past year you conquered kindergarten and you were one of the top readers in your class. You can count money and tell time. Your ability to calculate numbers is astounding and your persistence when learning to read is inspiring. You also rock at video games. You and computers are a great match – just like your Daddy.

This year you have shown us how brave and adventurous you can be. You are trying new things all the time. They may seem small to some but I know what it takes for you to try that bite of hotdish. I see you eye that casserole dish with everything mashed together and cooked at 375 degrees for 30 minutes with mix of fear and skepticism.  To you, hotdish is an overwhelming assault to your senses and this year you have tried almost everyone I have scooped onto your plate. I appreciate you making the effort and your attempt at sparing my feelings when you kindly tell me, “I don’t like it.”

I think one of the qualities I admire most about you is your need to learn and your (never-ending) thoughtful questions. Your mind never ceases to amaze me. You may not be right all the time but your logic and thought process are always flawless. You never miss a step or make sweeping imaginative guesses. When it comes time for you to “show your work” at school I bet you will blow your teachers’ minds on a daily basis. It is hard to acknowledge and admit being wrong when you so thoughtfully come to a conclusion but because you are so interested in learning you are always open to hearing another argument and then tweaking your theories. That, my boy, is something many adults are not able to do. I hope you always have that quality because it will take you far in life.

Ok, ok. enough about your brain… how about a little bit about how you have grown physically this year?! You are so tall and you are really coming into your own. All of us, especially Papa and Auntie Buff, are so amazed at your throwing arm. I think baseball could really be your sport (I know your Dad is reading this right now thinking, “Why the hell does he need a sport?” Just relax Tim, he will always be leveling up in video games like a rock star so a little baseball on the side won’t hurt his rise to video game prodigy one bit!) You love playing catch and you have some surprising skill when it comes to hitting too!

This year also marks the official age where you have proven that you are more coordinated than either of your parents. You can now cart-wheel (which I have NEVER been able to do) and do flips on the tramp. I can’t wait for this weekend to see you with your friends at your trampoline birthday party!

Michael you are seven. That is just three short years from being 10. You will be a first grader this year which is just 11 grades away from graduating highschool. Today we went to the movies as a family to celebrate you. I am going to quote that movie now because it best expresses how I am feeling right now, “Never grow up.”

On second thought… I am excited to see what Michael the seven-year old is like. Bring it on kid. 

4 thoughts on “To Michael on your Seventh Birthday

  1. Nama

    Happy Birthday Michael! We are so happy we got to spend an early birthday with you at the cabin. We Love you and are so proud of the young man you have become! Have a healthy, safe and happy 7th year! We Love you – Papa and Nama

  2. Jess

    Happy birthday, Michael! I still remember the message on my answering machine that said you would be expected the following July when your awesome mama had to change our drinks date to a frozen yogurt date =). You made two very special people into some of the ,oat special parents I know. I’m so lucky to watch you grow up into such an amazing kiddo.

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