Last month, you participated in something big. Your mama, dad, and many other awesome people came together to support one of your friends who is battling a horrible disease. I want you to always remember this because you learned a lot through the process.
All month long, you were involved in the preparation. There were many meetings, numerous discussions, and a whole lot of facebook and tweeting. You were right in the middle of it all. You wanted to know how many "likes" we had - how many "retweets" there were and you loved hearing all the dinging notifications as much as we did. As we watched it grow from a small group into over 500, you were amazed at all these people that didn't even know your friend that were willing to stand up.
This month, you impressed me with your compassion. You never once got jealous of the cool stuff that rolled in for your friend or for the raffle. You never once complained about the many hours we spent on the project. You were just as involved as we were and you were so excited to help. You care about your friend, and your friendship with him grew throughout the process.
The night before, you stayed with Uma and Upa. They kept you busy while your mom and dad finished up getting everything ready at school. You were lucky you weren't there - though they really enjoyed it.
When the run started, you lined up in the front with everyone else. You looked so little with all 500ish people around you. Your mama was blown away at the generosity of the crowd and fought back tears as she gave the last announcements and prepared for the send off.
The number of people was overwhelming. You watched as your mama, joined by some dancers, yelled, "On your mark, get set, GO!"
They also started a stellar cupcake war in which we discovered that your mouth (Ethan) was too small to fit a cupcake into. You both laughed and laughed and it was such a great way to end the morning.
You did. This big event that you helped with - it raised almost $7,000. That is big. And you were part of it. You worked hard and stepped up and you made a difference. You didn't do it alone. Your family and your friends stood with you, and you made a whole lot of new friends in the process.
I don't ever want you to forget. You have the power to help people. You can make a difference. And this mama knows you will.