You are too young to read this letter now, but I am writing this so that you may understand a powerful event that occured while you were only months old. By now you have heard about your big surgery and must have gotten to know your scar quite well. I hope it is hidden under a thick head of dark brown hair, just like your daddy's.
On June 18th, 2013 you underwent a strip craniectomy to repair your sagittal craniosynostosis. It was a huge surgery (5 hours long) in Toronto. It was a very difficult thing for you to go through and for your parents to endur. However, this extremely painful experience was also one of the most positive in the life of our family. How could this be?
On the days leading up to and during the surgery and recovery you had a huge outpouring of love coming your way. Prayers spoken by family, friends, and groups of people you have never met and some who don't even know you and will never meet you. Prayers and well wishes coming from Poland, Ireland, the US, London, and various small prayers groups througout. You had one mother running a mile for you, another caring friend devoting her powerful yoga practice to you, grandparents who financially supported your mommy and daddy so that they could better take care of you, an auntie who upon hearing we forgot your favorite glowbug ran to our house and express mailed it from your crib to your hospital bed, and so many more kind gestures coming your way. Your mommy and daddy were protected from fear and feelings of despair by contantly receiving facebook messages, emails, texts, and posts on your blog of love and encouragement. I could list many more wonderful things that people did for you and fill a book with them.
So my heart, my love, please please know that that scar on your head will be forever a symbol of your enduring strength yes. However more importantly, let it remind you of all the love that is out there and that was overwhelmingly directed for you at that difficult time from so many people. Let it be a reminder of how truely loved you are always. Please also remember to give back to those around you, even those you don't know. No matter how small the kindness it is always noticed.
Love your mommy, daddy, family, friends, and most importantly God!