My gratitude for this kid cannot be measured. He has been nothing but pure joy his entire life. Today, he is 12, and I am so very thankful he is here and well and healthy and back to his talkative and expressive self. When he had his head injury last July, he kept telling us he was sorry. We would hold him and tell him it was okay. I remember the day he was able to leave the hospital, he grabbed me and just sobbed tears of gratitude and relief. I tell this story to show that Jett has never been afraid to express his feelings or share his heart. I tell this story, because Jett has always been the most grateful person I know. And, for sure one of the funniest….
It took almost 6 months for Jett’s full recovery. For so long, he didn’t talk a lot and wasn’t nearly as engaging and expressive. Then one day, it all came back. And, I mean REALLY came back. He started talking and telling us about all of the things, seemingly determined to catch up. And, he took his humor to another level with some little splashes of profanity from time to time. This past Christmas, we were with a few friends and going around the room sharing things we were grateful for that year. Jett says, “I’m thankful I survived my head injury and that people paused their life for mine. And, I know I could really be an asshole sometimes, so thank you, guys.”
We lost it. And, basically decided we were so thankful to have our boy back that “asshole” was now acceptable for 11 year olds to say. It’s a third kid thing. And, don’t even get John Henry started on all the things a third kid gets away with.
Jett Takle, we are so proud of who you are.
I love how passionate you are about whatever it is you’re into.
I love how you will research and learn every single thing about that thing.
I love how when you commit to something, you really commit to it.
I love how you appreciate what makes your friends different from you.
I love how you are an encourager and help people.
I love how you want EVERYONE to succeed.
I love how you get excited when you learn a new song on guitar and can’t wait to show John Henry.
I love how you look up to John and think he’s the coolest.
I love how you go to Anna of advice.
I love how you think she’s the wisest and listen to her even when she tries to momma you too much.
I love how you know every single thing about Harry Potter and want the rest of us to know every single thing about Harry Potter.
I love how artistic and creative you are.
I love how you don’t try to be anyone else but YOU.
I love how you are not afraid to try new things.
I love how you love your family and friends.
And, I love how you love sweet Paxy!
You make all of our lives so so good, Jett. You make this world such a better place. Keep staying true to who YOU are. Follow YOUR dreams and chase after the things that matter most to you. Because those very dreams are the ones God put inside of you. Who you are is exactly who He made you to be. And, man, am I ever so thankful.
Happy 12th Birthday, Jett Man. I can’t wait to see what God has for you this year. It’s going to be so good.
I love you so very much,