Recently, my six-year-old son Zach and I renewed our “wedding vows.” As before, I promised to take care of him, make him do his homework, teach him to tie his shoes, and love him. Once again he stated his vows, but with two lovely additions. He promised to keep defending me from dragons, but in a sentimental twist also vowed to always be kind, and to love me forever.
I think those sentiments should be a staple of any wedding ceremony.
Our words were short and sweet, but I know in my heart there are more promises to be made, vows to keep. He’s just reached another milestone, his seventh birthday, and it seems important to take stock of our lives, his growth, his incredible progress.
Zach, my sweet boy, on your seventh birthday, here are my vows to you:
-to always keep you safe
-to push you to your limits and then just a little bit further
-to respect you
-to revel in your unique world view
-to celebrate all aspects of you
-to continue to have swordfights on demand
-to foster the ever-growing bond between you and Justin
-to try to get you to eat vegetables
-to tell you stories whenever you’ll let me
-to be your Obi-Wan
-to love you as long as I draw breath (and beyond if possible)
Happy seventh birthday to my sweet boy!
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