Wow, I can’t believe you’re 18 already. It seemed like such a short time ago your mom was pregnant with you. I must admit that I loved you from the second I knew that you were coming. I would talk to you all the time. We would all be very excited to feel you kick and move.
I remember the night your mom’s water broke, weeks early (you were supposed to be born in January) but you were impatient. You were born around 8:00pm on this day, a full 18 years ago and you have changed all our worlds. I must admit that I wanted twins before I met you (could you even imagine?)
Because of your impatience, you had really bad asthma for the first year of your life. Spending at least a few days each month in the hospital. As a matter of fact, you spent your first birthday in the hospital. We were so sad to leave you in there, crying with your “Happy 1st Birthday” balloon hanging over your hospital crib. We all cried with you that day. I’m so glad that that was the last time that you ever had to spend a night at the hospital. Your asthma just went away.
I will never forget the times babysitting you when you mom had to go to work at the ass crack of dawn. And you and your fat little one year old hands would poke me in my eye to wake me up.
You had such a strong will. Always mischievous and insisting on your own way and getting into everything you could reach. You are so much like me, no wonder you drove everyone nuts!
I am proud of the man that you have grown into. I am proud that you are smart and interesting and you possess a beautiful soul. You turned out to be this great looking human with thoughts and ideas and hopes and dreams all of your own.
As you embark on your future, Black King, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to love and to get your heart broken. Try new, weird and exciting things. Never conform and try to be someone or something you are not, because you are light and love and joy.
Ok, this is long and sappy and I must admit to shedding more than a few tears typing this out. But never forget that I love you. I have always loved you. I will always love you. Don’t ever be afraid to call me for anything whether it’s relationship advice, if your mom is pissing you off (cause I know she’s good for it), if you have an English paper you need me to edit or if you need me to send you bail money. I am always here for you. Continue to do great things, to forge your own path, to be weird and different and totally amazing.
Happy 18th Birthday Kaelan Kemaal [redacted] Bain!!