1:41 AM

5 years at the speed of light...

Posted by texasholly |



Dear Reid,

I know you thought this day would never come...your fifth birthday. In fact, over the last 3 months you have asked every morning, "is today my birthday?" and every day until today I have replied, "no".

But today is different. Today what has taken 5 years and 9 months (minus 2 days) to occur has happened. Today I can take you into my arms and twirl your wildly with a shout of "yes!".

You take my breath away. Your soul is wise beyond your 5 years. Your spirit is as wild as your hair.

You play for joy. You live your life on island time. Your head is often in another world. A world where blue power rangers shop at Target and transformers pause to laugh at Gilligan's Island DVDs.

You have a heart that beats for others. You are in the middle looking out for brothers both younger and older. You share in everything you do. You are the cat whisperer. You have a bond with a cat that no one else can approach without fear.

Your love is loyal and intense. Your obsession have both amused and amazed me. Your loyalty to the color blue is entering it's 4th year.

Your laugh stops whatever I am doing. You have a way of asking a question out of the blue that makes me smile. Your observations are so insightful they cause me to marvel. Even when you are upset you have the ability to pause, think and grin.

But my very, very favorite part of you is how all these things come together when you are excited. Your smile emerges, eyes twinkle, head starts bobbing, arms waving and body jumping with enthusiasm that cannot be contained in a 5 y/o body. I know this morning I will get to witness such an event.

You are my middle child. You hold the middle of my heart.

Happy 5th Birthday Reid!

I love you with the same crazy intensity you joyfully exhibit when running through a sprinkler...

Love,
Mommy

40 comments:

ingrid said...

This is beautiful. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

What a lucky boy to be so well loved and appreciated for himself. :)

Scary Mommy said...

I love that! Happy Birthday Reid :)

Veronica said...

Happy Happy Birhtday Reid!!!

InTheFastLane said...

Happy Birthday! 5 is a HUGE milestone!

exskindiver said...

aww.
hope you have a good day reid.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Happy Birthday Reid.

Such a sweet letter.

jenn said...

That's so sweet!!
Happy birthday little man!

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday, Reid!

Very sweet note.

Z said...

Happy Birthday Reid!

Mylhibug said...

Happy Birthday Reid!!

Have a great day, and now you can start counting down until you turn six! :)

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Reid!

I've love to see the morning reaction.

Wonderful note that he'll treasure someday.

standing still said...

He is a great beauty. Congratulations Mom. Well done.

Misty said...

What a darling note! you and your babies are so blessed to have each other!

Happy Campers said...

Happy Birthday to Reid! What a beautiful post....makes me all weepy :)

Courtney said...

Sniff, sniff, how sweet!!! Happy birthday to your beautiful son.

Elaine A. said...

Oh I so love birthday posts! What a great age. Happiest Birthday to Reid!!

cce said...

Awww. happy b-day to Reid and his good, good Mom.

Madge said...

"you hold the middle of my heart"

i hope you choked up when you wrote this because i choked up when i read it.

stop doing that.

happy happy happy birthday reid!

Manic Mom said...

"You hold the middle of my heart."

THAT is one of the most beautiful lines I've ever read.

A Mom Two Boys said...

Happy Birthday, Reid!

Jennifer H said...

You got me. *sniff*

Beautiful. He will always love reading that.

Happy Birthday, Reid!

Tranny Head said...

Happy birthday to him! (I love the name Reid, by the way)

the planet of janet said...

hold on tight! it's all so fleeting!

happy birthday, reid!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Happy Birthday Reid! Oh, Holly, does it age you to have to say five?

On a limb with Claudia said...

Hurray for Reid!! What a delight to be on the planet at the same time he is. (Jumping up and down) Hurray for the middle child!

Thanks for bringing him here Holly and Stedman!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely letter.
Happy Birthday Reid!
Have a wonderful "holly-day"
Pax, E

Lisa said...

"The middle of my heart" that is so touching--waahhhh!!!
Happy birthday Reid!

Colleen said...

That was absolutely beautifully written! *sniff* Happy birthday to your boy!

Kellan said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet boy. Hope it is wonderful!

Kellan

Nap Warden said...

Happy Happy Birthday Reid!!

Rachel said...

*sniffle, snorfle, snort*

AWWWW Holly, that was awesome. So beautiful and so touching. You need to keep this and give it to him at his rehearsal dinner.

I love this.

mommeeof9 said...

5 is a good age. He will get to go to school in the fall?

My 5 yr old wants to go to school now and then 5 minutes later says he can't, because he can't read yet.

spinning in our own direction said...

HOLY CRAP!! How did this happen!!! Someone stop the universe.. This can't be possible !! Didn't we just do the whole tractor bday last week!!! Ok thats it you were just trying to make us all Go WAHHHWAHHWAHH..
Happy bday to an absolutley amazing Kiddo.. Reid you light up the life of everyone who comes in contact with you. We are blessed to have you as a friend. Love ya little man.

B Boys Mom said...

Happy Birthday Reid. What a very nice letter.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy, happy birthday!

OHmommy said...

Happy birthday.

Now.

Tell him to stop growing.

Why must they grow sooooooo fast?

JCK said...

What a lovely letter to Reid. I especially liked the paragraph describing him doing all the things at once. Easy to picture on him with that too cute smile. Precious. Happiest of birthdays to him and congrats to you!

Bren said...

What a touching letter!

Yvie said...

Hi Reid, you're lucky to have such a wonderful Mom.

Holly, he's so beautiful. :)

Pinky said...

My heart just 'sploded.
Happy Birthday to a blessed little boy.

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