Friday, October 29, 2021

Two Cute For Words


It seems I always have words.

This little man celebrates a birthday today and if you ask him how old he's turning he shouts TWO! I read a quote which I think is attributed to Jerry Seinfeld, that said having a two year old is like having a blender without a top. Sounds about right because baby boy is busy. 

Also chatty, adorable, hilarious, smart, and precious. 

Dear Max,

Nana likes to write to you and your brother on your birthdays. I like to look back at the year that was and at who you are now and marvel at all the ways you've grown and changed and burrowed yourself deeper into my heart. 

In so many ways it feels like time has moved at a snail's pace these past two years (thanks to lockdowns, pandemics, political divides, and the like) but you my darling boy, have somehow grown from squishy newborn to full fledged toddler in what feels like the blink of an eye. 

Wasn't I just boarding a plane for South Korea to await your arrival? 

We are so grateful you're back in our time zone and are now just a car ride away. A longish car ride to be sure, but still no flights to book, no airports to navigate, no oceans to cross. We always have a choice in how we see things and life is sweeter if you look for the silver linings.

Also, you're not technically in our time zone, but close enough. 

My absolute favorite thing about you is everything, but if I were making a list at the very top would be the way you speak in complete sentences, ask questions that show thought and logic and a firm grasp of syntax,  and then of course there is the way you tell a joke....'no chicken nuggets'...

Readers here won't understand that last bit but we do and I feel confident in telling you now that we'll be grinning ear to ear, repeating it just the way you say it at age two, forever and ever amen.

You might be the little brother but you can hold your own with your favorite big. You are rough and tumble, love to run and jump, throw balls of every size and sport, play with your trains, helicopters, cars and blocks, and in general do whatever your big brother is doing.

You are also super snuggly, love books read to you after you've backed up into the nearest lap, love your stuffed dog Noah and your Mickey Mouse, holding hands with Daddy and your head on momma's shoulder, and really just everything about your momma because she is somethin' special. 

You and your brother remind me so much of your momma and her sister when they were two and four. 

You are so much like your Aunt M was at this same age which means you keep us laughing, but also on our toes!, and always always our hearts full to overflowing.  

Happy birthday baby Wheel. I love you more than even all my many words can say. 

Keep spreading your sunshine wherever you grow. 


"Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." 
1 Corinthians 16:14-14


  1. Your birthday posts always make me cry, Joyce. These are treasures that will last forever in the hearts of your children and grands. Happy birthday to your little guy!! xo

  2. Awe, such a sweet, sweet post! And, again, I'm just so happy they are a car ride away now. There's just nothing quite like these Grans!

  3. Happy Birthday little one! You are blessed to have such a good nana!

  4. Happy birthday to your sweet little man! The time FLYS by and our hearts can just barely contain all the love these grands bring us I know. ENJOY every little moment! ❤️

  5. Sending happy 2nd birthday wishes.

  6. Oh my gosh what a beautiful, beautiful post to your grandson. These lower ages are just simply the best years. When you said a two year is like a blender without a top I bust out laughing because it's so true!!...LOL....Enjoy your babies:)

  7. Happy birthday, Max! Your Nana sure loves you a lot... what a lucky boy your are.

  8. Happy 2nd birthday to your little grand. Beautiful birthday post for him...

  9. Aw, what a lovely letter to your grandson!

  10. You, my friend have truly the gift of words. When those words are tempered and filtered through so much deep love, they are transformed, even to a reader you've never seen or met. Letter writing is a lost gift I would hope to rediscover when my 1st great-grand has his first birthday. Such a great idea!

  11. You are so good at this. What a sweet post for your grandson to read when he is all grown up. The words just flow so beautifully. Thank you for sharing.