To My 3 Year Old

As I look at you with your eyes as big as the stars

And your smile that makes all the clouds disappear

I want you to know how much I love you.. Now

Because as you grow older there will be days

When you cry when I say “no” to that candy bar

When you will stomp out of the room when I say “you need to study first”

When you hate me when I say “that’s not a safe decision” or “that person isn’t being a good friend”

Other people might want to take my place

And tell you they are more fun

And offer to say yes to everything you ask for

And maybe tell you not to listen to me

That will make me sad.

It will make me hurt, and frustrated.

But I want you to know – now – while you still love me… that I love you.

And I have, and will continue to do my very best for you, no matter what.