it doesn't seem quite so long ago, but it has been 18 years since the big guy came into our lives. the very long labor should have clued me into his temperament, it takes him forever to make a decision. he has to look at all the options before he comes to a conclusion. kind of reminds me of someone i know.
but he is a really good person...he is kind and considerate and giving; he honors his commitments and treats people respectfully; he is well liked.
today he has crossed the precipice from being a teenage boy to being a young man. soon he will be on to other adventures that won't always include his father or i. all i can do is hope he is safe and well during these journeys. and be here when he needs me to be.
happy birthday, big guy. thanks for the best adventure ever.