Originally published February 14, 2012

I have the best kids. I hate to break it to you, because you probably think your kids are pretty great, but mine are the best. Proof? Ethan made me a Valentine’s Day card. On the front were his painstakingly drawn letters spelling out the heart-squeezing “I Love You.” When I asked what else he had drawn on my card, he pointed out the zombies, ghosts, green ghost, black knight ghost, and zombie ghost that he’d drawn on the front for me. Because he loves me. Suck it.

See? Clearly an art prodigy.

I’ll bet your kid didn’t make you a card with a zombie ghost on it. Or a person with a cut-out heart for a head (not pictured). That’s talent.

Seriously, though, seeing those little figures on the front of the card made my heart swell for so many reasons. First, because he made me laugh, obviously. (And it’s more special than any card you could buy at the store because it was just so….Ethan. It didn’t surprise me at all, which was part of its awesomeness.) But also because he’s growing up, and this is proof. And it’s proof of EXACTLY who my little boy is growing up to be. He’s growing up to be AWESOME.

Today marked the day that I stop worrying about whether I’m doing everything right as a parent. (I’ll resume that tomorrow.) Clearly, I’m raising a creative, thoughtful, funny little boy who is doing just fine thankyouverymuch. He may not write as well as some of his peers, he may not be reading yet, or speaking three languages (JESUS, Abby, way to show everyone up!) But, he’s going to be just fine. And I’m so proud of him.

*Logan also made me a card, which was adorable and perfect. And also smelled really yummy – thank you Crayola Fun-Scents (or whatever the hell you’re called). It was not overshadowed by his brother’s card, by any means. In fact, it was a beautiful peek into his bright, creative, wonderful future as well.*

Happy Valentine’s Day

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