You’re the best thing that ever happened to me. You saved my life the minute you were born; maybe the minute you were conceived. I love that you got the best of two very flawed people- with just a smidgen of our flaws- so that maybe you could relate to us a little.
Since you were just a little guy you always brought the best out of the worst of us. The curmudgeonliest old people smiled when they saw you totter across a room. Weathered old sailors and grizzled mechanics, waitresses, grocery clerks and plenty of strangers always commented about what a cool or amazing kid you were.
You have been my hero always. Before the Marines, before your first steps, your old soul eyes looked into mine and I knew you were special.
I could not be more proud of the man you have become. You may feel burdened sometimes taking care of everyone like you do- but I watch in awe and feel such pride being your mom. (Though I take no credit for your incredible ability to help everyone.)
I hope this birthday is a great one for you. I hope this year brings you peace of mind, joy and pride in yourself.
You are the perfect son for me. The best gift I was ever given.
I love you with all my heart.
Happy Birthday, Nicholas John Nakamoto