Open Letter to My Son on His 16th Birthday

by - 2/27/2019 12:00:00 AM




Dear Michael,

First I would like to start off by saying. Happy Birthday. Where did time go? I remember the morning of February 27th. like it was yesterday. My expected due date was actually 2/27/03, and I went to the doctors the day before. I remember the doctor telling me to make an appointment for the following week. I actually barely got any sleep the night before. I remember feeling as if my water broke and I called the on-call, and I was sent to the hospital. Your aunt drove me to the hospital, around 5 or 6 am. A few short hours later you were born.

You were such a good baby. Unfortunately, you suffered from seasonal asthma. I remember being in the hospital with you and watching you barely being able to breathe. My heart would break each time. You were so small, but such a fighter. Even though those times, you always had a smile on your face.

I remember when you were a baby. Catching you in grandmas kitchen eating cake frosting out of the container. All we could do was laugh. You had cake frosting over your entire face and hands. It truly one of my favorite photos and memories of you.

I remember your first day of daycare. I know you went to a few. One of my favorites was the one that my grandmother go you into. Everyone was so sweet there. They took such great care of you. Very attentive to your needs. I remember while you were going there. We discovered Nutella.

I remember your first day of Kindergarten unfortunately, you had to wait until the first grade to actually take the school bus. You were so excited when that day finally came. You were a big boy. You got to take the school bus like the big kids.

I remember when we took our first trip out of the country. You were so amazed at the Atlantis Resort. You loved everything about that vacation. The people were so nice, you had so much fun going down the slides. Do you remember the tunnel with the sharks? I think I've lost count at how many times we went down that slide. It was so much fun.

Now that you're 16. I'm so proud of you. I'm proud of the young man that you're becoming.

As you continue to transition from a teenager to a young adult. I want you to remember this...

I want you to remember to take risks... your friends are not going to see your vision and what God has in store for you. It's your vision, don't wait for your vision to come clear to anyone.

Bullying doesn't stop ever in life. You have two choices and only two choices. You will see people getting bullied all through, life, in college and perhaps even at work. You can be the person who either sits there and does nothing or you can stand up for the person who's getting bullied. Trust me, it's all fun and games until the shoe is on the other foot.

I want you to remember to treat your girlfriends with respect. You're young, too young to be a relationship right now. Date, get to know women, know your likes and dislikes of a female. Don't settle, never settle, know your worth. Don't ever be with someone because you feel that's the best you can do. You and she deserve better. Never be with someone because you feel bad for them. Again, know your worth.

Please never let anyone take advantage of you. You're such a sweet young man. Know your worth. If a situation doesn't feel right. Go with your gut. Learn to love people from a distance. Know that some times, people you love, will love you, however, they will never want you to live better or do better than them. Learn to love those type of people from a distance.

I want you to always remember... no matter where you are in life. What choices and decisions you've made. That I will always be there for you. If you want anything life, you will work hard for it and never give up. Nothing will ever be given to you. You have to work for it.

Love Always, 

Mom

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19 comments

  1. Happy Birthday to your son. Turning 16 is a milestone in a persons life. Wonderful you wrote a letter for him to read, and keep for ever I hope.

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  2. Happy Birthday to your son! Aw, 16. My son turned 16 last year and is about to be 17. This is such a sweet letter.

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  3. What a sweet, sweet letter to your son on his 16th birthday! That's such a great idea and I'm sure he will cherish it always.

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  4. What a lovely, thoughtful letter to your son! I like your message to him about bullying.

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  5. This is such a beautiful message to your son. It's true, our babies grow up far too fast and watching them spread their wings is bittersweet. I hope he has a wonderful birthday!

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  6. Aww what a sweet letter. My youngest will be turning 17 this year. All of her firsts have been running through my mind lately. They grow up so fast.

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  7. I love letters like this. Imagine him in 20 years reading this again. So sweet.

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  8. I love this letter. We need to support our young men in this way. Tender and nuturing.

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  9. This is such a sweet tribute letter to your son. They really do grow up so fast, don't they?

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  10. Such a sweet letter. He will cherish it.

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  11. Oh this is so sweet! My kids are 11, 9 and 7 right now and I know the years are going to speed by. I try to soak it all in while I can. What you said to your son is beautiful and he is so loved!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your son! You've given him lots of great advice that will serve him well. He sounds like he is a wonderful young man.

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  13. What a beautiful letter! You are a great mother! Happy birthday to your son and Congratulation to you!

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  14. What a beautiful letter and happy birthday to the fine young man who is becoming. Love your point about being true to his vision and that he is the only one who knows it. Remind me of the book, the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Blessings and much success to your son.

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  15. What a beautiful letter to your son. He has a great mama and I bet he is a great son and will be an amazing man because of what you instill. Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. This is beautiful. My children are adopted and I keep a journal through both of their adoptions. I hope one day they will enjoy reading them. If they only truly knew how much we love them. It took me to young adulthood to really understand that love with my own parents.

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  17. Ohhh Happiest birthday to your son! So sweet of you mommy! Indeed a very heartfelt one.

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  18. Happy birthday to your son. You are amazing mom, love this sweet letter, you wrote down the feeling very nicely. Mine is still in elementary school, I know one day he will be going to college. As a mom it will bring happiness and at the same time thinking that they are not little any more.

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  19. Wow time really flies huh? Happy birthday to your son. Such a wonderful letter to him.

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