Sixteen years ago today my life changed infinitely for the better because you came into this world. A beautiful, healthy, 9 pound 11 ounce baby who has taught me more about life and the definition of goodness, than any other person, book or school ever could, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Because of you…I have learned what it means to be true to oneself, even when others do not understand.
Because of you…I have found courage I never knew I had, simply by following your lead.
Because of you…I have discovered that not all things are what they seem, that not everything is black or white, nor fits into the perfect boxes created by our society.
Because of you…I understand the importance of having a sense of humor (and have come to know laughter truly is the best medicine).
Because of you…I realize that I must let go of the things I cannot change, or at the very least change the way I look at them.
Because of you…I have discovered that good trumps bad every time…it just might take a while to witness.
Because of you…I will always choose the roller coaster over the merry-go-round.
Because of you my dear son…my heart swells with pride for all that you have accomplished, overcome and become.
Happy 16th Birthday Sam – I love you more than you will ever know.