Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Zachary turns 21!

Now that are 21, which parenting rules still apply? Which ones are as irrelevant now as the Little Tikes car that you used to drive around in? Up and down the block you’d go, you’re little legs propelling you forward. What changes, now that you’re legally able to buy at a bar? Do my words of advice become pointless, or does maturing cause you to listen more closely?
How does it feel to look back over 21 years and know that, once and for all, your childhood is over? This marks the beginning of the next phase of your life — the start of your life as a grown man. I see the beginnings of it all, looking at you, remembering the sweet little boy with a Barney the Dinosaur obsession.
There’s so much more to come, and you’re anxious for it all to happen, I see that. Don’t rush it. There are so many things to figure out for your future, and it won’t happen all at once. Please, linger here for a moment and enjoy the present.

Sometimes I miss that little boy, the one with the purple dinosaur on his bed and enormous green eyes that looked at me as if I was the queen of the world. But I love the man you’ve become, that you’re becoming. If you don't mind I’ll hold onto the memories and look forward to the ones to come.


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