Monday, May 17, 2010

Nineteen candles

See that boy? The one on the left?


Or the one on the left in this picture?



Yes, that one.

He's 19 years old today.


Nineteen years ago, he was a brand-new baby. And I was a brand-new mama.

Not that I mind that he has only one more year to be a teenager. Or two more years to be a minor. No, I don't mind at all. Not a bit. I don't miss those days of having a sweet little baby with curly red hair. I don't long for the days when he was a baby in my arms. I don't miss rocking him to sleep. I don't dream of the days when I was teaching him to walk and talk. Or read and write. Or ride a bike. Or drive a car. Oh, no. Not me.

Of course not.

16 comments:

  1. happy birthday to him! and i can just imagine how much you are not missing those things right now... love to you!

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  2. Goodness, he's lovely. My own youngest son was 19 on Friday. Doesn't time fly? When I look at him I know I did something right with my life.

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  3. Awwww...Happy Birthday!! Oh, time passes so quickly.

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  4. Such a handsome guy! :) Happy Birthday to him...and many more! I'm going to go love on my little ones right now. :)

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  5. I was blessed to hold a sleeping toddler for an hour in the church nursery yesterday. My youngest is just 7, and I so miss those baby days!!! It makes me so much more grateful for and intentional about enjoying the present, as I know you do, too! blessings!

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  6. I am right there with you. Caden just turned 16 a couple of weeks ago and he is my only one. It goes by quickly.

    Happy birthday to your boy!

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  7. Hope he has a wonderful birthday! Carla

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  8. hehe, no of course not you don't miss any of those sweet wonderful things that being a momma is all about...no...neither do I? (psst, who are we trying to kid?) lol

    Hope he has a blessed birthday.

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  9. Happy Birthday to your young man-
    sandy toe

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  10. Awwww :) (hands a tissue to Richella) He's a cutey :)

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  11. WAAAAAAH! You may not be missing those things, but I'm missing them for you! LOL!

    *handing you a Kleenex* ; )

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  12. Oh happy day! May it be a fabulous year.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I am truly blessed because of it.

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  13. He is a dashing young handsome prince!! I know it feels like yesterday he was a tiny babe and now look. WOW!! How time runs away with us!! Enjoy the celebration!

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  14. Happy Birthday to you your sweet (not so little) baby boy :) Wishing you a wonderful week Richella.
    hugs
    Denise

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  15. Richella, this is such a sweet reminder for those of us who are teaching little ones to read and write and talk (not in that order of course) to hold tightly to each and every moment.

    Thank you for your always sweet comments. I want to frame every one of them. Yes, I'm so thankful that my parents began the beach trip tradition with us and that all four of us kids (and spouses) equally love being together for that one week every year. Holidays are tricky because of in-laws and schedules. We don't get every Christmas together anymore but we know we always have our beach week.

    Hope your big (baby) boy had a great birthday!

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  16. I love denial!
    Hope had has a wonderful birthday.

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