Friday, November 21, 2008
Dude. Where on earth did the last thirteen years go?
It kills me that I had to move away when you were only one, and I didn't move back until you turned twelve. That's over ten years of your life that I had to observe from long-distance (and yep, I'm still a little cranky about it, if I'm being honest.)
And now, I look up, and you've turned thirteen??? How did that happen???
I've watched you pretty close this past year, and I've seen the young man you're becoming. Mostly polite, mostly funny, mostly respectful, mostly friendly. And the *other* part, the part that isn't mostly, I have to take your mom's word on it .... because to me, you are all of those things, all of the time, and I'm so proud of you for it.
I owe you some thanks as well, because whether you realize it or not, you have three younger cousins here who pretty much think you walk on water. So thanks for your patience with them, and for letting them tag along on your life in general.
Now, I'm going to tell you what I tell my own kids ---- stop getting older, or I'm going to put a book on your head to keep you from growing any more. I already missed over ten years --- I don't want these next years to fly by too quickly.