That’s how it happens.
I told my friend this just a few weeks ago as I held her first little newborn. He’s a handsome guy, with a head full of dark hair.
Not mine, he made his debut with blonde hair. And curls. For years those ringlets hung around the nape of his neck, until that dreaded day when he simply had to have his first official big boy haircut. These days I need a stool to even see the nape of his neck. And that’s just one small thing that has changed in the past 7,301 days.
And today? Today is his first day of being our second 20-something. Which also means we’ve made it through the teen years with 2 of our 4. The thing is, there have been tough days in this child rearing gig, but the vast majority of it has been a glorious adventure.
This guy? There are so many things he has grown into and out of in these past 20 years ….
He has gone from enjoying his cousins as a small lad … to… planning for months with another cousin three states away to pull off an epic family olympics.
From a mop headed young teen who spent hours skimboarding, skateboarding and longboarding with his buddies … to … cropped haircuts, college majors and manhood.
From catching every reptile he spotted – a regular occurrence when you grow up in south Florida … to … Skinning venomous snakes and posing entirely too close to a black bear.
From not exactly enjoying reading as a boy, unless it was his favorite D-Day book … to …pushing himself academically, physically and spiritually well beyond what he had once believed were his limits.
As the only boy with three sisters, he has moved from torturing and pushing their sense of adventure … to … teasing them in that way only a big brother can, even the sister who’s older than him, and yet fiercely defending them with his very next breath.
And all along the way, he has kept us laughing because we never quite seem to know what he’ll be up to next. But we do know that we don’t want to miss a minute of it. We’re just that sure it will be memorable.
After 20 years, of this I am sure – you, my son, have been the best sort of blessing in our life and family. My prayer for you is that you would keep seeking hard after God as you continue to grow into the man He has created you to be. And that, bud is something I don’t want to miss one second of.
Btw son – there you have it. You keep teasing that I need to write a post about you if I really want this space to be good. Be careful what you tease your Mama about! Happy birthday my tall boy!
Your Mama loves you! More than you’ll ever know!