Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Birthday My Son

My son, his girlfriend 2011 Anna Maria Island
My sons are on an extended trip Down Under.  They plan to be away at least one, possibly two years.  This is the birthday email I sent to my youngest who turned 25 last wk.

Son, 
Every birthday, every year, takes me back to the first few years of your life.  I loved my pregnancies and took great joy knowing I was going to have children.  Believe me, once upon a time,  I could have been voted "Least likely to have children".  But you and your older brother are the blessings Dad and I were given.  

The day of your birth I was frightened, as was your father, not because there was anything wrong with you; you were quite perfect.  We just thought ourselves so lucky after the birth of your brother, I think we wondered if lightening could possibly strike twice.

It did.  His name is Fletcher.  He is you.

Twenty five is a benchmark of sorts, but it may not be the turning point of your life.  You'll probably not remember, in later years, why you expected it should be so.  I know I cannot remember my 25th birthday at all.  

You need not have your life mapped.  Twenty five is a compass.  It's pointing you in directions.  You have to choose the road on which to travel and go go go.  I think you and your brother are doing this now on your extraordinary trip to Australia and beyond.  A year or two away from home is a life changing experience.  If it seems haphazard at times, remember, life can be complicated and messy and difficult.  It can also be sweet and simple and it is God's greatest gift.

Use your talent, your brains, your personality and make things happen.  Trust iin yourself, even when you make mistakes.  A mistake is simply taking a path that didn't work out.  Take another!!!  You don't stop hiking when you come to a dead end.

I'm proud of you and the man you've become.  You're generous, kind, loving, smart, artistic and you think out of the box; not an easy thing to do.  For once in my life, I'll credit your father with that trait.

I wish you love and happiness.

Mom
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11 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i hope you printed this out and slipped it in a card or just gave it to him...lots of honest feeling in it...smiles.

happy birthday to him....

Betsy Brock said...

He looks like you! :)

California Girl said...

I saved the email but, you're correct to suggest I print a copy. I have memorabilia boxes for each son dating to the beginning. I know they'll appreciate them some day.

California Girl said...

Thank you. I am flattered cuz he's a cutie. People do think he "takes after" me and his brother resembles my husband.

Marguerite said...

Lovely post! Hope he reads it and appreciates his wonderful mother! :) He does look so much like you.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Pure love. The kind that gives wings and believes. Perfect. Well done, CG. Well done. blessings ~ tanna

California Girl said...

Marguerite, thank you. I hope he appreciates his wonderful mother too!
Actually, I know he does. :)

California Girl said...

Tanna, Thank you. Pure love is what I feel. It's unconditional. God how I miss them both.

Pat Tillett said...

That was beautiful. I'm sure this is something he will always remember.

I'm catching up...

California Girl said...

Pat, thank you.

YOU'RE catching up? Im just now reading & posting your comment 11 days later!!! I'm so behind. Just enjoying the summer.

Cole said...

Nice! Hoe he doesn't run into Shirley Jones in his travels ;-)