Tomorrow my baby will be 16. I can’t tell you how big an impact this is having on me because it will make me seem sappy and way too emotional. But he’s turned into a young man I’m extremely proud of. He’s good at math (like really good and since I do words and not numbers this impresses me). But he’s also good at life, funny, charming, and compassionate.
From the moment my children were born I’ve felt like I was extremely lucky to shepherd them through life. Though I had rules and “mothered” them I was very aware that they were distinct individuals. They were shaped by my own morals and my passions–books, movies, quotes, etc. And I’m surprised at how different they are from each other since I made no boy-rules vs girl-rules. I should say my oldest is a girl.
But at the same time I wish he was still a toddler again. I wish he’d come into a room and announce that its time for mommy and Lukey’s tickle-time. And conversely I get some of that in moment’s in the car when he isn’t on his smartphone texting with his friends or his girlfriend and we see one something that strikes as both as funny. Like the weird Matrix looking dude withe leather duster who walks through our town. Or the Hippies in their Orange VW camper bus.
I guess with each year I’m thankful that I have taken the time to know and love my kids at each stage but I still miss them being little and needing me for everything.
To pre-celebrate his birthday I’m giving away a $10 iTunes gift card to one lucky blog participant. All you have to do to be entered is tell me your favorite birthday memory–it can be your birthday or someone close to you.