It’s the morning of your wedding day and I can’t sleep. So I am sitting in the lobby of the hotel and thought I would write a few things to you even though I know you won’t ever read them.
Tyler, you NEVER slept as a baby. The doctors told me it was a sign of intelligence. A lot of days I would have preferred dumb and sleepy. I would sit in your Winnie the Pooh nursery and cry with you. I must have listened to that lullaby CD a million and one times trying to get you to sleep. Kenny Loggins and House At Pooh Corner were my companions all those months.
I had a difficult time trying to find a song to dance to with you today. They were either too cheesy, too country, or too NSync. Who knew NSync wrote a song to their mom for their wedding day? It was pretty bad. I am not sure how I stumbled across the song again, but it instantly took me back to the early days of being your mom. And despite the fact that you never slept…EVER, you were a really easy kid to raise.
You were an easy teenager too.
Well, except for that run in with the police and the donuts.
While most kids were out drinking and smoking weed you, you rebel, were breaking curfew to go get $1.99 donuts from the gas station 1 mile away from our house. I thought I had lost you forever.
And that time as a freshman in college when you stepped up and took control of the situation when that VT student was harming himself and threatening others, I knew you were well on your way to becoming a man of character and action.
I learned that Kenny Loggins wrote House At Pooh Corner when he was 17 and about to graduate from high school and enter adulthood. So I thought, considering our history, it was only appropriate that we dance to it today as you enter your next phase of adulting.
Son, I want you to know how very proud I am of the man you have become. And I am so grateful that God chose me to be your mom.
And to your beautiful bride, Liz, I apologize for all the things that are going to drive you crazy that I failed to parent out of him. You have my permission to blame me for years to come.
So, Tyler, as the song says, there is so much more to be done…
And I know you and Liz are going to do them so well together.