23 March 2015
Happy 17th Birthday!
How can one so small impress so much?
Little did I know 17 years ago - today - that I would be so enthralled by one person as I have been with you. And I hope you know how much you mean to me.
I can recall this picture vividly.
You were fussy. Crying. We were not sure why nor how to get you to stop. And then I started singing to you. I can even recall the exact tune.
"Tell me why the stars do shine....Tell me why the ivy twines...Tell me why the sky's so blue...and I will tell you just why I love you...Because God made the stars to shine...Because God made the ivy twine...Because God made the sky so blue...Because God made you, that's why I love you."
It must have worked because you stopped crying long enough to gaze up at me in wonder. (I don't know, but this might be the first and last time you actually looked at me ;-) I am so glad your dad thought to grab the camera, because this is one of my very favorite pictures of the two of us. And it sums up to me what being a mother is all about.
I can't believe how quickly the years have flown by. This picture is so vivid to me, I can recall all the details of the moment - can it really be 17 years ago? Yet just this past week we spent time looking at potential colleges and I realized how fleeting the moments are that we have remaining before you fly off on your own.
You have grown into an incredibly handsome, smart, strong, talented and decent young man. Your father and I admire what you have done with the gifts and talents you were given and celebrate everything you bring to our lives every day.
Happy 17th birthday, Calvin! You are ready to soar!