On this day, this 12th year, your Daddy and I could not be more proud of the human you are, and the character you display every single day. You are the most kind and thoughtful kid - the first to help bring in the groceries, hold the door and your sister's hand. You are wicked smart, and school is important to you. You set high standards for yourself and those who you surround yourself - but remember to breath when it feels like too much. Some days it will - but you have the skills and strategies necessary to "just keep swimming". And, you have us - always and forever and no matter what.
Happy birthday, Monkey. You're my favorite tween on the planet.