Birthday Boy


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.

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5 Responses to Birthday Boy

  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you for this post and for sharing your thoughts. I have been reading some of your archives, and look forward to continuing to follow your blog.
    (I found my way here through a facebook link posted by “the feeding doctor”.)

  2. Beautiful, Leslie–simply beautiful. Happy Birthday, Sam!

  3. Lynda M O says:

    Happy Birthday, Sam, there’s a great lot of good still to come in your life. I hope you get a taste of all of it.

  4. Inukie Koji says:

    Oh squeeee! I’ve never much bothered to comment here, but I’m another teenage ftm. I just turned 19, my birthday is the same day as your son 😀 (or at least this post, I’m assuming its the day)
    Best of luck this year!
    Please keep doing this blog. It means a lot for humanity that you’re willing to work to let your boy be happy and live honestly.

  5. K Henry says:

    I just found your website and this post has me in tears – happy tears!

    My son, Nicholas is just starting his transition to be who he really is and will be celebrating age 18 in a few months. I, too, have learned more from him that I ever thought possible.

    I hope Sam had a great day that year and every birthday in all his years to come!

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