Farmers all around us have been busy chopping corn silage. And seeing those fields will always make me think of you.
We’d had a few busy days of chopping corn silage when my water broke six years ago, followed not too far behind by contractions. It took 20 hours from the gush for you to be in my arms, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Kinda funny now that you’re such a farm boy, as if it’s literally in your blood.
From the day you were born, you’ve been teaching us. You taught us how to not listen too closely to a newborn baby sleep, or we’d never sleep. You taught us how lifesaving a lovey can be, and importance of having a backup one in hiding. You taught your dad and I how to divide and conquer between doing the things we need to do, doing the things we want to do, and keeping our family a priority. You taught us how to trust a small boy to make good decisions and be independent when we welcomed your brother before you were two years old. You taught us how easy potty training can be, followed by Tyson taking us down the hard road. You taught us not to be sad when you went to school because you were having an awesome time, how to leave you overnight with grandmas so me & Daddy can cover our shifts, and how to pick between the things that matter (not running into traffic) and the things that don’t (covered in mud…again).
Your smile can light up a room. Your eagerness to help and be polite is endearing. In the last year, you’ve learned piano, t-ball, soccer, real swim strokes, and how to smile on command for a picture. You’ve worn a tie for the first time, stood next to the Governor, and drove a tractor. Now you’re my big kindergartener, my fearless bus-rider, my train and tractor-loving All-American boy, my sweetheart, and my SIX-year-old.
I know the next year will be chock-full of more things that you’ll learn. And I know that there’s so much more for you to teach me & Daddy. You’re a shining example of kindness, patience, and curiosity and I’m so blessed to call you my son.
Happy 6th Birthday, Trent!
Love forever and ever,