Oh my where do I begin….. Tomorrow makes 19 wonderful years this little bundle of joy came into our lives & forever changed the way we viewed life. Our Godson, our sunshine, our pride & joy! I’ll never forget watching his Mommy’s belly grow, while he was tucked snug as a bug in a rug, protected within her, lying beneath her heart, growing & stealing our hearts before his arrival.
I remember making his Mom walk towards the end of the pregnancy, hoping to help make labor & delivery easier. I remember her sitting there indulging in eating oreo cookies and milk, not caring about the calories. She had some very hard times ahead of her but, she NEVER wavered the thought of having & loving this precious child. His mother and I did Lamaze classes together, I was there to be her birthing coach. I’ll never forget how fulfilling it was to be there and experience the anticipation of welcoming this little life into the world! I remember the day we went to the hospital to prepare for delivery. Upon arrival at the hospital, the staff was busy as bees getting everything set up, putting IVs and asking questions, they were in and out, in and out…. Throughout the day as things started progressing, the pain was getting worse as the contractions came closer and closer. I never left your Mommy’s side, your Mawmaw & I talked her through the contractions, doing breathing exercises anxious to meet you.
Finally, it was time to go to the delivery room! Oh boy! Oh boy!! We finally get to meet this beautiful little boy! This little boy who had long since stolen our hearts! This little boy named Caleb! Oh everyone was so excited, the family was all gathered in the waiting rooms & hallway waiting to hear that first newborn cry! We held your Mommy’s hands, told her she could do it! She had to do it, we just couldn’t wait to meet you! Finally there you were, this perfect little boy, this little life that so changed our hearts. Listen to that cry! That was the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard in my life! This little boy, who was so loved by so many. Mommy got to hold you for a brief moment before they took you to clean you up, weigh you and take your fingerprints and footprints. You were so beautiful, we couldn’t take our eyes off of you. Once the nurses finished cleaning you up and wrapping you in a baby blanket, they brought you over & I got to hold you, my heart was full, my heart was happy!
Over the years Caleb you have taught me so much
You’ve taught me to love without seeing or touching
You’ve taught me to be strong when I was at my weakest
You’ve taught me that it’s ok to be scared
You’ve taught me how precious life is
You’ve taught me that the struggles we face teach us lessons
You’ve taught me how to use my instincts, when you hurt I hurt
You’ve taught me to be proud, to be scared to death, to laugh till I cried, to be so mad that I had to fight to contain myself so that I could calmly address the issue at hand.
You brought sunshine into our lives Caleb, sunshine at a point & time in Parin & our lives that was dark and painful. You gave us hope, you gave us a reason to smile, a reason to love, a reason to live. We helped your Mommy take care of you, we watched you grow, we watched you learn to walk, learn to talk….. I remember you’d only talk to your Parin Chris and one day you started talking to your Mommy and she was so glad when Parin & I got home. She laughed and told Parin “he won’t stop talking, I’m so glad ya’ll are back” Oh, & taking you off the bottle, when we started taking you off the bottle at night we’d go into your room with a sippy cup and I lost count of how many times you threw it across the room. When your Mommy would come pick you up in the evenings, she’d give you a bottle for about the first week and one day we all decided no more bottles. HAHA! We were all in store for a fussy baby…. That didn’t last long though, you were a good baby.
Your Parin could get you to do anything…. He called you Baboo because he used to play with you saying “aaaaa boo, aaaaa boo” Kinda like Peek a boo. and you’d say baaaa boo. So he nick named you Baboo! You were his shadow, everything he did, you copied. EVERYTHING! It was amazing to watch you learn from him, to watch you grow & blossom.
Caleb, I promise you I will love you forever. I promise I will be there anytime you need anything! Nanny is beyond proud of the young man that you have grown up to be, the big brother, the high school graduate, the college student! I know your Parin would be beyond proud of you too! I know he’s looking down, smiling on you.
Keep your head up, stay focused on your goals and NEVER give up on your dreams. You can do anything that you aspire to, be anything you want to be. Be passionate about whatever you do in life, take pride in everything you do, if you do a job do it well, when you love, love with all your heart, treat your future wife like a queen, respect her, honor her and protect her, be a true gentleman, open doors for her, walk her to the car with the umbrella in the rain, carry in the groceries, warm her car when it’s cold outside, help her with the housework, it’s a joint effort; don’t let her disrespect you. You deserve the best, I pray that you find true happiness, the kind of happiness your Parin & I had.
Respect, honor and protect your Mom and your Sister, they depend on you to set an example and standard on how they should be treated. Watch out for your sister, don’t let her settle for second best, she deserves only the best.