This is the third summer where he's spent the bulk not-at-home. It doesn't get easier. You get used to it, but it doesn't get easier.
This weekend my brother and niece are in town, and it just breaks my heart that Gabriel can't be here to hang out with his baby cousin. They're just crazy for each other.
Gabriel and I have been writing letters to each other to pass the summer. Writing to an 8-year-old is a tricky task. How do you make the letter interesting, but not make him homesick? You have to keep it simple enough that your second-going-on-third grader can read it, but not so simple that they won't want to.
I write significantly more letters than I get back, which is to be expected.
Last week I got this letter though, which filled me up so far water came leaking out my eyes.
Dear mom,(Kevin is one of our cats, by the way).
I love you. Do the cats miss me? Tell Kevin hi. I love you so much. I miss you.
Gabriel is extraordinary.
Gabriel has grown into a full human person who writes letters and inquires after the cats and still tells me he loves me.
It blows my mind that I managed to have any part in making this special person.
What makes your kid extraordinary isnt' just the epic stuff. It's the little things. Crawling into bed on Saturday mornings. Art projects. Catch in the yard. Handstand contests. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day. Your kid, and every kid, is extraordinary.
This post is sponsored by Stanford Children's Health, but my feelings as a mother are entirely my own. Stanford let me make a special video to send Gabriel. I could practically hear him rolling his eyes through the phone, but his dad told me he immediately asked to watch it ten more times.
He's such a goofball and I love it. Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
Seriously, celebrate your extraordinary kid. Share your love, hope and pride for your extraordinary kid by creating a personalized video that captures what makes them one-of-a-kind.
It's fun, and free!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.