Aaron Skogen en Lifestyle Director of Operations, Consumer Division • The Toro Company 23/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +700

A Birthday Wish

I wrote this for Little Dude's birthday a few weeks ago. . .


“After all's said and done I was watching my son, Sleeping there with my bear by his side”

Author Kenny Loggins "Return to Pooh Corner"


There he lay. Asleep. Dreaming.

Although his grip loosened, he was still holding my hand.

“SO BIG”, those words we say to an infant and toddler, ran through my head.

But he was.

                      He is.

                                  He’s grown so much.

The lyrics of Kenny Loggins started playing in my head. The song I sang to him as a lullaby of sorts, slowly began to form in to a softly sung, almost whispered, good night.

Little Dude turns five today. A milestone, a half a decade. I think of all he has learned in five short years. Years that have passed as though they were a singular moment in time.

I blinked, he is five.

As a parent, a part of me longs for them to “stay” little. Yet, I love watching them grow.

There is much to learn from a child.

Creativity, imagination, excitement, innocence, and genuine emotion are just a few traits of children, that we as adults would do well to emulate.

So today, take a moment.

Look at the world through a child’s eyes. Find the wonder in that puddle. Look for a familiar shape in the clouds. See the beauty of the stars as they light the night sky.

Just for a moment, go find some magic.

And to my son. Happy Birthday. May you always be curious. May you always be kind. And may you always find home.

"If there comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." ~Winnie the Pooh

A Birthday Wish

© 2016 Aaron Skogen

Aaron is one of those professionals who successfully blends his personal and professional lives with solid management skills, warmth, and an ability to lead large teams. He is an accomplished senior operations leader with experience across the operations, CPG, supply chain and engineering disciplines. His most important roles and passion, that of a loving father and husband, provide plenty of material for him to share through his writing, observing correlations between his personal journey and his career.



Aaron Skogen Hace 7 d · #8

#6 I am happy you enjoyed it Sushmita!

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Aaron Skogen Hace 7 d · #7

#5 Thank you @Kevin Pashuk, We have 11 years between our eldest and Little Dude. It is fun, but yeah, tough this one was. . .

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Sushmita Thakare Jain 24/11/2016 · #6

Awwww this post is as sweet as honey!!! Just like you said.Thank you for sharing.

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Kevin Pashuk 23/11/2016 · #5

Awwwww. My youngest son arrived 15 years after his brother. I truly understand how you feel in watching the little guy graduate from toddlerhood.

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Aaron Skogen 23/11/2016 · #4

#2 @Vincent Andrew, that is a long way from home. Studying abroad, will be a great experience for him. I'm glad to hear you are keeping in touch regularly. I am sure he appreciates that more than you know. Thanks for your kind words.

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Aaron Skogen 23/11/2016 · #3

#1 Thanks Pascal. There was something hard about this 5th birthday. Maybe because he is our last child, or maybe because I am starting see my eldest (16) acting more like an adult, and realizing how time slips away.

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Vincent Andrew 23/11/2016 · #2

My son turned 18 last month. He's studying in a university 8000km away from home. I keep in touch everyday through whatsapp, sometimes by Skype. He's still my little boy, I long to see him again. What a touching message for your son. Thank you @Aaron Skogen.

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Pascal Derrien 🐝 23/11/2016 · #1

my eldest turned 11 last week and I was actually thinking about his fifth birthday he is still a little dude , nice and generous post @Aaron Skogen

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