14 April 2010

My Hope for Him

Three years ago, I was terrified to have you. Now I'm terrified to lose you. I never imagined I could love someone this much. Happy Birthday, little man. I can't wait to see what all you become.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

- Rudyard Kipling


  1. the greatest thing you've made
    happy birthday monkey
    good job mommy!

  2. Great poem, I feel it...;-) Congrats!

  3. I had to memorize this poem when I was in the 7th grade, it has stuck with me ever since. Thanks for reminding me. Happy Birthday to your not-so-baby boy! :)

  4. A very Happy Birthday to you both..

  5. Happy Birthday Monkey!!!!

    Hope everyone is well in your neck of the woods.


  6. Aw Jess how sweet. I felt the same way about being sacred with Zoë, now I can't imagine life without her. One thing that i adore about being a mommy is I think she brings the big kid out in me. Kids are a blast and completely honest. I couldn't count the times Zoë taight me something by being honest, lol. Happy Birthday monkey!!!

  7. Happy Birthday to your little monkey! My son's birthday is today too. He is 5 today ("One whole hand!" he says). Thank you for posting the poem too. I have never seen it before.

  8. Oh how they grow.

    My little man (he is 5, 6 in September) and I played hookie from school on Tuesday just because.

    Because I couldn't bear to be without him on that day and because there is TOO MUCH school for one so little.

    Happy birthday little Revolver.

  9. Happy Birthday, little sweetie! :)