A couple of months ago, I wrote this letter for Goose as part of her week as the special star student of her class. I had to change it just a bit to fit her alias, which makes it a little odd here and there, but you’ll get the gist.
The best Christmas present we ever received came four days late on December 29, 2001, the day you were born. For a while, I wanted to name you Lauren Goose, but Dad and Mr. T thought Goose Lauren was better. They were right. Goose fits you perfectly because it stands for all of the wonderful things we love most about you.
G is for Gravy
You are the saucy goodness that keeps our lives from being bland or boring. Your silly jokes and songs make us laugh. We love to hear your stories—the ones about your day, the ones you’ve made up, the ones you dream at night. You have a great imagination. Sometimes you say things that are so funny or cute that I hurry to write them down, so I don’t forget. Everything is more fun when you’re around!
You have a very kind heart. When someone is sad, you try to make them feel better. You give warm hugs and sincere compliments. You try to be helpful, especially when someone is having a hard time. When we go away, even if it’s just for a trip to the store, you let us know how much we were missed. You always say thank you. And we love the little love notes you leave for us.
O is for Oh so smart
You have always been very bright, learning new things quickly and doing them well. You are an amazing reader and writer. If you aren’t really good at something right away, sometimes you get frustrated. But you don’t like to give up, and will keep trying and working until you get it just right. Your determination and ability to figure things out on your own is one of the things we admire most about you.
S is for Spirited
We love how lively you are! You get excited about things, and your enthusiasm helps us get more excited, too. You are also very brave, always willing to try new things: roller coasters, wave runners, new gymnastics tricks. You even taught yourself to ride a bicycle without training wheels! Sometimes it makes us nervous to watch you, but we admire your courage and confidence.
E is for Exceptional
You are a very talented artist, athlete and musician. You draw beautiful pictures, do excellent handstands, and rock the singing and drumming on Rock Band. Now you’re learning to play the piano, too! But even more important than the great things that you do, is the great person you are. You bring smiles to our faces and happiness to our home. There is no one else quite like you, and no one who could ever take your place.
Happy Birthday, Goose!
We love you,
Mom and Dad