Last year I was staring at my hands twisting in my lap on the three hour drive to meet our son for the first time. I had no idea how he was going to change our lives, but I knew he would.
I also had no idea how exceptional he would be.
Jesse isn't exceptional simply because he's our son. While we share a huge amount of pride (and probable bias) for him, that's not why.
He's kind. Empathetic. Intelligent. Loving. Respectful. Thoughtful. Athletic. Energetic. All of these things for a pre-teen are fairly exceptional - but Jesse having these traits is what's amazing.
You see, Jesse was abandoned twice by those who are supposed to love him. He was raised for a good bit of his life in an orphanage. He has seen and experienced things in his first eleven years that no one should.
We were expecting a child with anger issues. A child who would constantly push and press and test our boundaries. A child who would scream at us and punch holes in walls.
Jesse hasn't had the easiest life, but he hasn't let it stop him from being an exceptional human. He never blames his past. He never lets his past define him. He embraces the experiences - because they are what make him who he is today.
He asked us one year ago today if he could just be a normal kid. He now plays fornite, rolls his eyes, takes twelve hundred years to do anything, is attached to his phone and could use fumigation for his room....he's pretty normalish.
and I'm beyond proud of him. He's the best Black Friday deal we've ever got.
Happy anniversary to my son. Thank you for making me a mother.