Wednesday, September 7, 2011


You really get to know someone when you hang around him every day for five years.

You find out he is a thinker.

(Even if he doesn't want to show it.)

He throws himself into the things he loves. He's sincere that way.

You humbly realize you are the only mother he will ever have, and so pity him a little (!) and try to be patient when he, say, cries for 10 minutes over not being able to decide which shoes to wear.

You want to show him the world and open doors for him so he will reach out and grab hold of life and living.

Some days, you're not sure if the end of the day will ever come because you can't bear squaring off with him. And if he yells, "You're not my friend! I don't like you!" and you say, "Oh good, that means I'm doing my job," and then he panics a little and says, "No, I want you and me to be together forever," then you think you just might be doing something right after all with this little life that you're guiding.

And while you wonder what kind of person he will become, you achingly wish for him not to grow up too soon. And even though he's five years old today, he wasn't too big to ask you to lie next to him while he fell asleep (which hasn't happened in two years).

You know what he likes and doesn't like and can usually predict how he'll react in a certain situation. You learn the best way to get him to take a bath. Or try something new.

You learn a lot about a person in five years, including realizing there's still a lot to be discovered about him. And when that person is your son, mostly you learn that you couldn't live without him.

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Anonymous DJ said...

Beautiful post and happy, happy birthday Man-cub!

September 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

Oh man, this is the sweetest birthday post EVER!!!! Seriously, it brought tears to my eyes!!

Happy birthday to your lil man!!!

September 8, 2011 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Mrsbear said...

Hooray for five! What a big boy.

So far three kids in Max's pre-K class have turned 5. He can't wait until it is his turn in December.

I love this post. Perfect birthday tribute.

September 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown Mami said...

Beautiful! And I think he got an awesome mom.

September 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Freckle Face Girl said...

Five!?! It is all happening so quickly!

September 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger South Florida Lawyers said...

Really beautiful, he will enjoy reading this with you when he gets a little older.

September 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Potts said...

Happy belated birthday to your cute little man. Before I had kids I always thought it was so trite when people would say "They grow so fast" but they really do, don't they?

September 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Caterina said...

I was catching up on reading some of your posts when I came across this one. Oh man....I can stop the tears. That was just beautiful! Thank you.

And HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to your lil' guy!

October 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

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