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”
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’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.
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
© 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.