“My Diego, every single day you have a smile on your face when you get up in the morning and a smile on your face as you get into your bed at night. Maybe it’s because you’re recalling something funny from a book, a movie, or your own imagination. Maybe you’re just happy and truly understand the meaning of joy and fun! My boy, you already have so much of what you’ll need in this life. You already have so much of what I wish for you: intelligence, creativity, compassion, love, and most of all, joy. Happy birthday to my big kid, my sweet and lovable boy. I’m blessed to be your Mom. We love you so much and are so proud of the big kid you have become. Happy 7th Birthday and many more! Mommy”
That was a letter from my wife since today is, as she mention, our son’s birthday; and in what better place to celebrate it than at his favorite, McDonalds. My wife planned the party and it went great. There were family and friends, we didn’t have to leave earlier than expected, and he even sat behind the cake for the photo session. It was awesome, and most important, he had a great time. For him it may be just another day, but for us it is a very special day which marks the end of 7 extraordinary years. Maybe different from what we had expected, but still 7 wonderful years. There had been good days and bad days. There had been days of struggle and sleep deprivation, but also days of joy, happiness, fun, and triumph. At the end, what matters is that he has improved tremendously. Today we celebrate his accomplishments in these past 7 years, and we look ahead determined to help him reached his potential, whatever that might be. We love you son, and happy birthday.