Dear Middle Child,
Have I told you lately that I love you? I’m pretty sure I have, like all the time, but I’m not sure you hear me. I mean REALLY hear me. I can no longer count how times you’ve told me that no one loves you. That breaks me heart. I need you to know that you are this amazing little man! You may never be the first do most things in our house because you aren’t the oldest. And you may be expected to help out more (at least for now) than the ‘baby’. But I promise you, you are loved. You see, you aren’t your brothers. You’re a unique, special kid unlike anyone else. Don’t strive to be someone else. Be you! Because you are perfect the way you are. You are smart and creative and funny. I love the time I get to spend alone with you when I am able to truly just listen to all you have to say. And I’m sorry that sometimes I simply can’t hear you. With three loud and crazy boys, I simply can’t always process all that you guys throw at me. But I promise you that it isn’t that I don’t value what you have to say. You are loved!! And I hope that some day you will grow to have a relationship where you are able to appreciate your brothers (and they you) but until then, know that I love you. I love every part of you! I wish there were enough hours in the day to have that time alone with you more often. But know that I am here, and I love you! I know some people you really loved (and who loved you more than you know) have left and you miss them. However, they didn’t leave because they wanted to. I promise they would be with you now if they could. The fact that you still miss them makes me sad but at least you had those people for long enough to know them and realize how great they were. No one can ever take that away from you. And I believe they’re still with you…always.
So don’t forget, you are surrounded by people who love and care about you. You are never alone.
Love you so much,