1. I wish for you to be happy, now and forever.
2. I wish for you to have a full life, too. People often remark "As long as he's happy!" yet I also hope that you enjoy a wide gamut of experiences and interests. (Other than watching certain YouTube videos 47 times in a row.)
3. I wish for you to always be surrounded by people who know, respect and admire your abilities.
4. I wish for you to keep rocking your timeline. You've taught me that inchstones are every bit as amazing as milestones, and that progress at any pace is progress to be celebrated.
7. I wish for you to show all the people that disability is just one part of who someone is, not the whole.
8. I wish for you to someday be your own advocate. But in the meantime, buddy, I am here to do the job.
9. I wish for you to hold onto your delight in life's big and small wonders; a lot of us adults could use that enthusiasm.
10. I wish you the best team of doctors, specialists and therapists. And I wish you never have to deal with insurance company incompetency but DON'T GET ME STARTED.
11. I wish for technology to continue to expand your world, including in ways people haven't even dreamed are possible.
12. I wish you evolving independence, and lots of it. (That's a wish for me, too.)
13. I wish for you to keep outgrowing the sensory challenges and pushing past them when you can. Especially the kicking of airplane seats, table legs and sofa bottoms. (Yep, also a wish for me.)
14. I wish for you to someday have a satisfying job. I used to worry that you wouldn't grow up to be, say, the president. But, heck, how many people are president? I hope that you find work that is meaningful and interesting, and that the opportunities and equal pay are there for you. Alternately, I hope you win the lottery and can regularly lounge around a large pool as you're served chocolate ice-cream.
15. I wish for you to keep working that killer smile. Oh, and I wish you eternal good hair.
16. I wish for you to never feel self-conscious about your disability or differences.
17. And I do wish that you are aware of having a disability, because it would mean that you have that level of cognition. And I hope you have the confidence to be proud of all that you are and all that you have achieved.
18. I wish that should you someday notice people staring, you wonder what their problem is. Because there is something wrong with them, not you. *Unless they are gaping at your fabulous hair.
19. I wish for you to keep proving the doom-saying doctors wrong.
20. I wish for you to know and feel how tremendously proud I am of you. Not because of how far you've come, but because of who you've always been: My beautiful, bright, capable, awesome child.