You astound, confound, bewilder and delight. Three parts man, two parts boy you’re like a riddle, a puzzle and an enigma all wrapped up in one glorious parcel with a bit of Rubik’s cube thrown in for good measure. You tweet about mountains, cats, neti pots and gold fish brains – what’s that about? You v-log from bathrooms and have helped us solve a universal mystery – brocolli or cauliflower. But the most wonderful truth about you is that even the sweetest sounding nightingale has nothing on you. You move us and touch that special place in our hearts with a beautiful, soulful sound that makes grown men and women weep tears of joy. Added to that is the wisdom, self-awareness and common sense that belie your tender age.
People may have sneered at your “Orchid” demeanour but in fact you’re the real radical and original as you steadfastly refuse to fall in among the troops. You march to your own tune no matter that it’s often dismissed as old fashioned and out of step with the times. Like water which always finds its own level you’ve found your base from which you’ll still evolve and change but the very foundation from which all your future maturation and growth springs will remain unmistakably David Archuleta – unassuming, unpretentious and charismatic. The force of your personality is like a slow, rising tsunami. It may not have the aggressive impact nor the flashy spectacle of a wave crashing upon the rocks but the inexorable power to move and inspire is more cogent and in fact achieves a far more profound effect than any ordinary wave.
For one who’s never been a father, it sure feels like I’m writing this to a son and like the song says I wish that this life gives you all that you seek. When the world outside is cold and cynical show them the warmth of your smile and when you find that doors are being closed upon you, I hope you’ll always find an open window. Know that just as you have tried to take all of us into your heart we have definitely found a place in our hearts for you.