Happy 1st Birthday, Atlas!
I’m posting this a few days late, but I couldn’t let Atlas’ first birthday pass by without writing him a poem. Its something I try and do for Dave & the dogs each year (yes, Ob & Marley get a poem) and I want to start the tradition for Atlas. Yes, yes. I know. I’m the cheesiest writer in all the land. Don’t hate.This poem is for you Atlas, my firstborn son, In honor of your birthday – your very first one! Never before has someone changed my life quite like you, You have also changed the lives of your dad, Ob and Marley too. There is no disputing it – you are your father’s clone, But we knew from the beginning you had a mind all your own. You can’t talk yet, but you always make sure your opinion is heard, You let me know exactly how you feel without saying a word. It didn’t take you long to turn my world upside down, Gone are those nights of going out on the town. You’ve brought chaos, laundry and messes galore, Life with you is never a bore. You love to be on the go – you have to always be moving, If I stop for the tiniest break you are very disapproving. At the rate you’re going, I’m confident a great runner you’ll be I can’t wait for the day when you ask to race against me! An ‘easy child’ you most certainly are not, As far as spankings go, I suspect you’ll get a lot. You have a very strong will and Heaven knows, Your tantrums and meltdowns keep me on my toes. Atlas Luke, you are one of a kind, When God made you He had me in mind. You see, He’s using you to teach me new things, Like the unconditional love motherhood brings. Every night before bed, it is for you that I pray That you grow in God’s wisdom each and every day. I pray the Lord guides me as I guide you, And you will grow up thinking on things that are true. I pray you live a life free of remorse, And you make lots of money on a golf course. I pray wherever you go your light shines bright, And you will always stand up for what is right. I hope the lessons I teach you take deep root, And one day you’ll bless others with your spiritual fruit. You already take life’s challenges in great stride, When I watch you fall and get back up I beam with pride. Without a doubt, you have changed my life for the better, You are my life’s greatest gift, for which I will always be a debtor. In the sound of your laughter is where my heart finds joy, I couldn’t have handpicked a more beautiful boy. There is nothing for you that I would not do, Hopefully that has been proven by all our trips to the zoo. Happy birthday, Atlas! I look forward to watching you grow, I love you more than you could ever know.