My oldest son, the one who first made me a mother.
He's now 11 years old. Technically 11 and half. His teachers have always raved about his behaviour at school. He has been awarded student of the month every year since Kindergarten. This couldn't make his Dad and I more proud.
He is smart. He can do math in his head at a rate that surpasses my ability by about 100 times. He can also remember just about everything he has read and is full of interesting facts. He amazes me daily with this ability.
He is also very responsible and ensures he gets his school work done at school on time. Almost always. When he forgot last week, we couldn't even be upset. It was literally the first time ever. At home, he gets his chores done, almost always without complaining (he's not perfect after all) and helps out where he can.
He loves his brother fiercely. So fiercely that we have to sometimes remind him that Kamden is his own person and doesn't want to spend 24-7 with him. Their interests are diverging more and more as they grow and it's been hard to watch that struggle. They want to spend time together but agreeing on what they will do is not always easy.
I tell him I love him more than once a day and he always responds, "I love you too." I will never, ever, get tired of hearing that.
He is growing up pretty damn nicely despite my feelings of inadequacy as a mother. I am so lucky he is my son. He has taught me a lot and I have grown as a person because of him.
and then he went and did this on Valentine's Day:
This was after our family dinner out and the cards Jay pickted out for each of them. He disappeared downstairs to my office and made this on the computer.
I cried. Clearly we are doing something right. Or despite what we are not doing right, he's turning out right. Either way? Score.
And then there is this guy. Who came along and showed us just how different two boys that come from the same gene pool could be.
He is easy going, silly, and loud. Case in point, the following video.
He specifically asked me to video him doing this and to post in on Facebook. How could I not?
He is all about soccer, football and mini sticks and would play any combination of them all day, everyday, if his brother had any interest in playing with him.
His antics have us laughing daily. It's really hard not to love this kid.
He is also doing very well in school. Math is his thing, he loves it and is very good at it. He has also been awarded student of the month each year since Kindergarten. Again, how could we be more proud? It's one thing to have kids who do well in school. It's quite another to have them recognized for their behaviour. Now if they could save some of that behaviour for home, we'd be golden.
I tell this guy I love him just as often as Jack but he only responds when he is very tired and forgets that the mushy stuff just isn't for him. It's okay dude, I know you do.
And then there is Jay. The one who walks beside me in this life. This wonderful life we have the privilege of having together.
This summer, it will 20 years since we first met and became inseparable. A little over half my life. Thank you isn't adequate.
He is my strength, my balance and ever present support. I can only hope I am the same for him.
To borrow from one of our wedding songs (and his email to me this morning):
I couldn't find another man
Who loves me like you do
I couldn't hold another hand
Who holds me quite like you do
Such a love was heaven-blessed
Couldn't find another man
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Every day, I love him just a little bit more and cannot fathom how I got so damn lucky.
Happy Valentine's Day! May each of you have love, hugs and a little chocolate today and every day of the year.