It seems fitting that John Robert’s golden birthday would be in the same week where the world is so deeply broken and hurting.
I noticed from a very early age that John Robert is a care giver. He’s extremely aware of the emotions of those around him. He notices if you are thirsty and disappears to get you a cup of ice water. He has a keen sense of danger and seeks to protect his sisters at all cost. He also somehow knows exactly when I need a hug.
This week, after a discussion with him, I overheard him explaining to Scout what racism is. In the simple words of a five year old, he told her “that God made all the colors and no color is ever better than another. To think one is better is very bad. It’s called racism.”
This week, I have felt the weight and inadequacy of mothering him through a big and scary world. But I have also felt the immense joy and hope that a change in his generation could bring if our generation continues to put in the work.
John Robert, you are the most lovely person, and it is such a gift to see your character unfolding. The verse we have always prayed for you is that you would love justice and mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). That is a big ask, but we serve a very big God.
Happy birthday, my sweet Johnny boy. I firmly believe the world is and will continue to be a more peaceful place because you are in it ❤️