13 years ago, you were placed into my arms after 17+ hours of labor, making me a Mom for the very first time. I have been happy ever since.
This birthday comes to me with such mixed emotions. On one side – I am so proud of who you are becoming and each passing year shows me more of the man you’ll be. You are kind and compassionate. Creative and nurturing. Loyal and giving. You are becoming the person that I wish I could be. This makes me more happy than you’ll ever know.
But, with each passing year, you need me less and less. This is hard because I still need you. I’m having to bid farewell to a lot of time we’ve previously shared, as you move on to other interests. I’m having to play second fiddle to your growing band of friends. Each day that passes by is one less day that you’ll need me to care for you, as you learn to care for yourself. As your mother – this saddens me. I often wonder how I could possibly survive for long periods of time without seeing you, and as each year brings you closer to adulthood, I have to face that imposing reality. And it’s a struggle.
Yet – you still make time for me. You’ll still let me invade your room at night to watch television. You’ll still talk books with me. You still go see movies with me. You still hang out with me and tell me about your day. You share the things that make you laugh and the things that anger you. You confide in me your hurts and your joys. I’m sure one day that will change, but I savor every minute you still give that to me. You have been my best friend since the day you were born, and I’ll always cherish that. You inspire me to be a better mother, a better woman, and a better person.
You are simply amazing. Everyone who knows you lives a little more blessed of a life because of the relationship they have with you. I wish I could give you everything you’ve ever wanted. I wish I could protect you from any pain or hurt that heads down your road. I wish I could give you just a fraction of what you’ve given me.
Happy Birthday, hon. I love you with all of my heart.
Just a picture to remind you that there were points in the past when you were shorter than me.