February 10, 2014


Dear Owen,

You are six. Yes, you read that correctly. Six. One day if you read this you'll marvel at the fact that you were ever that young. Yet, now, writing this, I'm amazed by the fact that you're this old. Time is a blessing and a curse - I value the time we've had but am amazed by the amount that's flown by.

You're a pretty amazing kid. Beth, Mia and I are introverts, tried and true, yet somehow you're our token extrovert. It was unsurprising when, for example, Beth received a phone call from a classmate's mom asking who we were and why her son came home asking for a playdate with our number scrawled on a piece of paper. You'd given that to him and insisted she call. When I visit school and have lunch with you, the number of kids - from kindergarten to sixth grade - who know your name, stop and say hello, is nothing short of amazing.

You have a sense of style. If there's any indication we're going someplace fancy - a holiday celebration, a visit to my office, the bank - you insist on wearing a button-down shirt, nice pants, shoes that pretty much match mine and a tie.

You are focused. Never have I met any individual more focused than you. You decide what you want, what you need, what you must discuss, what you must do, and you are are unwavering in your devotion that that idea. It's an admirable trait. Frustrating when I'm trying to get you to put jammies on and you get it in your head that what you really need to be doing is solving the pollution problem in the greater Washington metro area. But mostly admirable.

You. You. Well...I've only recounted a single, solitary percent of your total awesomeness and I realized that I could sit here and type all day and still be unable to convey just how wonderful a kid you are. The simple fact is that it's impossible for me to come up with the words that would truly show the world how special and wonderful you are. You are the best, most awesome boy I've ever had - and ever will have - the pleasure of knowing. You're my favorite guy and I love you. I always have, always will, and that's never going to change.

I love you, O.


Posted by Chris at February 10, 2014 7:05 AM | TrackBack

That seems so impossible, but man ... what a cool kid! Happy birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Emily at February 10, 2014 8:05 AM

Happy Birthday Owen!!!!

Posted by: Heather at February 10, 2014 10:11 AM

Happy Birthday Owen!! I love that you do these letters!

Posted by: Kristin at February 10, 2014 3:17 PM

Super happy birthday to you Owen!

Posted by: Kim K at February 10, 2014 8:55 PM

Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: AlisonC at February 12, 2014 5:07 AM
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