a note from al: i’ve had this post ready to go since may 11th – the original bean due date – and i’m excited to say that i can now officially post it!
sweet one, you just have no idea how long we’ve all been waiting for you! it has been months – years even. and some of us, i won’t say which ones, have been waiting a lifetime.
so after all this anticipation i’m sure you can see why today is just the best day.
while i can’t be there in person to welcome you, this doesn’t mean i don’t love you. cause man, do i love you.
in my lingering absence i have spent hour after hour during these last few weeks thinking about how i could celebrate your arrival home – while i’m 12,000 kilometers away from home.
and then it hit me.
i’d be the robin to your batman! the watson to your holmes! i’d give you all the best things your mom and i have learned together from 27 1/2 + 28 1/2 years on this earth.
lesson 1: never ride alone.
life is better with more than one: your troubles are easier and your joys are greater. (also…your pinot grigio is always colder. but this is a convo 19 years hence. 18 1/2 if you’re lucky.) build strong and enduring friendships – cause partner – the ride will get bumpy and you’ll want someone there who loves you to guide you home. giddy up.
lesson 2: just go with the flow.
sometimes things don’t always work out how you planned. from bad haircuts (me) to broken noses (your mom) , you just gotta work with what you’re given. embrace the unexpected early on babe, and you’ll always ride fast and high.
lesson 3: do your own thing, chicken wing.
from this day forward people will tell you who to be – mostly with your best interests at heart of course! but if your mom and i have learned anything, it’s this: make your decisions for you and no one else. you may end up dressed to the nines in a room full of threes, but at least you will have worn what you wanted.
lesson 4: think not always of thyself but of others.
it pains me to report that you will have bad days – very bad days. but always remember that out in the mists there is someone having a worse day than you. be compassionate, be kind and be sympathetic to those around you. nothing feels as good as spreading the love.
lesson 5: love the ones you’re with.
while family comes in different shapes and forms, it is without a doubt the most important thing in life. embrace these (sometimes crazy) people – cause while family members can be the hardest to love – they will always love you the hardest.
so you see baby dearest, while i simply can’t be there shower you and your amazing parents with love, i hope that for now you will accept these perfectly proven pearls via your ma and i as sort of a ‘hey! you’re here and i love you!’ thing. cause, let me say it again, man i love you.
welcome home, sweet sienna. xo