Tomorrow dad and I will joyfully make the snowy 10 hour drive to Rexburg,Idaho to see you perform at the BYUI Christmas Concert which fittingly, will take place on your birthday. And I am looking forward to every minute of it. If I could only tell others one thing that defines who you are, I would tell them of your diligent pursuit to cultivate your divinely given talent of music.
Music flows through you. I remember when you were 8 years old, you came home from school with a flier that advertised an early morning violin class available at school. You were adamant that you needed to be in that class. I must admit that I was a little taken back with your request and honestly felt that you would soon forget about it....but I was mistaken.
One of my fondest mother/son experiences I have had was when we drove up to Provo for you to audition for the BYU music program. I will never forget going to the music building and seeing all the other students dressed in tuxedos and formals. They were accompanied by their music instructors and carried expensive instruments. I was so embarrassed and even a little humiliated as we showed up in wearing jeans and totally unprepared for what I felt was obviously out of our league. I felt such guilt and sadness because of what you had been denied. It was then that I realized that I was the mother of a very special person when I saw you were totally "okay" with the "humbleness" of the situation. In fact, not only were you ok, but you were happy and calm and made me feel that way too. I learned so much from you that day. That has got to be one of my most cherished experiences.
One of your greatest attributes is when you have a desire you sets goals and work hard to make it happen. And it always happens! I remember when you started working at Radio Shack and came home from work and announced that you were buying a car. Again I thought, "yea sure you will". Within a couple of days you had found a car, signed the papers, and began making your monthly payments. I soon learned that when you told me you were going to do something, you were going to do it regardless. I LOVE that in you.
I love watching you interact with people of all ages in all situations. You seem to sense when people are uncomfortable and can do or say something to put others at ease. You are a social genius and I have learned by observing you with others. I love how you makes a person feel special and wonderful regardless of who they are and what they are do. As a result, everyone wants to be your friend. That speaks highly of you.
I must admit that I never dreamed that you would be such a people person. When I think back to when you were a toddler and the pain both you and I had in trying to understand each other, I honestly thought that you would never be able to confidently stand in front of anyone, much less carry on a conversation. But again, you proved me wrong. I am sure that at some point in your very young life, you made the conscience decision to overcome those painful traits that were holding you back. And once again, you succeeded.
Daniel, you are an amazing man. I love to talk to you as you eagerly share your passions, triumphs and even concerns with me. I have learned so much while raising you and I continue to learn as I watch you plan for your future and carry out your dreams. You inspire me. You make me want to do better. I often am amazed that I was given the tremendous blessing of being your mother. And I do count it as one of my greatest blessings.
Happy Birthday dear son. Thank you for the honor and love you have given me as your mom. You have accomplished amazing things so far and I look forward to seeing what amazing things you will accomplish in the future. Love you so much. Mommy