Everybody makes promises. That’s one thing you’ll learn as you get older, and it’s something you’ll hear a lot. “I promise you…this.” When you’re little you put a lot of stock into what people promise you. When you get older…maybe not so much. My hope for you is that you never learn to be cynical like that. I hope that people never prove you wrong or let you down.
But just in case, here’s the deal – there are a lot of people you will never have to worry about trusting: The B’s for certain. Pop-Pop 3 and Grandma M, definitely. Your multiple aunts – my many, many friends – will always be a solid shoulder to lean on. And lastly, me. I will always be honest with you. I will always be dependable.
So in the spirit of that, I would like to make you a few promises I will always, always keep.
I promise to comfort you when you’re sick.
I promise to try to cheer you up whenever you’re upset.
I promise to take you out for ice cream during the summer.
I promise to pick you up when you fall.
I promise to visit as often as humanly possible.
I promise to come to as many school plays, concerts, recitals or games that I can.
I promise to support you no matter what you choose to do or be.
I promise to show naked baby pictures to your girlfriends (oh yeah, I’ve got ’em).
I promise to answer all the questions you ask me truthfully.
I promise to be there for you and for all of The B’s.
I promise to love your family because they are my family.
I promise to be there to bounce ideas off of when you have a big decision to make.
I promise to brag about you to everyone I know (I’ve already started on that one…)
I promise to learn how to cook so that I can make you home cooked meals some day.
I promise to help E educate you in music. Actually, I promise to tell C that he should help E educate you in music.
I promise that one day, you’ll be proud of me.
I promise to listen before I react.
I promise to try to learn everything about you that I can.
I promise to love you forever.
One of the biggest, most important promises I will make you is this: I promise to put you first, before anything or anyone else. You are the most important thing to me. No one will ever take your place. No one will ever matter more. You are at the top of list, you take the cake, you’re number one…and whatever other clichés there are to say, “You have won me.” My heart is yours along with the rest of me. It has been for years now.
The list is going to go on. I’m going to add to it for the rest of my life, and I want you to know that I’ll keep them, every single one. And I also want you to know that I’ll never makes ones I think I might go back on. I want to be someone you trust. I want to be someone you will never be afraid to depend on. I will be here for you, no matter what.