This would be the cellist exactly one year ago. A full 11 years of age and still thinking that I know mostly everything. He’s still the person that I look to in regards to his true amazement of things around him, and his youthful regard to situations. He’s still a kid, and in a society where so many children have to grow up so fast, I’m grateful for that.
Today, my oldest child turned 12. I’m not sure how so many years flew past me in light speed, but I can assure you that there are so many great memories intertwined with the last decade and two years that I can’t even begin to list them all.
I remember being in college and spending the first night in my own apartment, with just him and his wide eyes. He was only three months old, and I was just freshly 20. I was young, he was young, but he was totally dependent on me. I wanted nothing more than to make this little guy proud to be my child. Hopefully so far I’ve done that.
It’s not secret that we’ve had our run ins. More so now than earlier years. I chalk that up to the fact that in another year he’ll be a teenager and well, I might not get so many hugs, or overhear him tooting about how great Mr. Houseful and I are for insert-random-thing-here. I’m gearing up for more pushing on getting a cell phone, or a Facebook page, or being able to ride public transportation with his friends (speaking of which, what on earth was going through MY parents heads to allow me to do that at 12 years of age!) It’s hard letting go, and trusting that what you have tried to instill in them sticks.
I’m still pretty confident that my son is still holding on to his youth, and that he’s enjoying the ability to just live in the moment. Because honestly, so many adults look forward to tomorrow, that they never give a chance to today. I love seeing him enjoy TODAY. And for TODAY, I want to wish him a happy 12th birthday, and encourage him to make this his best year yet.
In deep thought while enjoying a root beer float at Do-Division. These are the types of things that 12-year-old guys concentrate on.