my darling jasper.
on your fourth birthday.
you are a little firecracker
an eternal source of energy
a consistent cause of anxiety
with your little fear
and bold ideas.
but you know exactly when
you’ve pushed
just a bit beyond
the limits
as that is when you
yell loudly “Muuummyyyy”
and when I answer you
there is a quiet whisper
back to me
in the most
syrupy sweet
little voice
“I love you”.