Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Where has the time gone?
Your chubby cheeks and dimpled hands have disappeared. In there place are hands the size of mine and a more mature, thinned out face.
Your curls have been replaced with a thick, full head of close cropped hair.
You no longer beg to be held. But, instead look me eye to eye and casually drape your arm around my shoulder.
Gone are the days when you would make me laugh with the crazy nonsensical sentences you would utter. In its place are days filled with conversations on a more adult level and a dry sense of humor that is peeking out more and more.
Gone are the days spent playing tractors and farming. Now you spend more time reading, building with Legos and playing computer games.
You no longer hop, skip and twirl to the music on the CD player. Instead you swoop up your little sister and spin her around and around until you are both to dizzy to stand.
Gone are the days of your little boy voice calling me momma. Instead it is a deepening voice that calls out a simple, "mom".
These are the the days of change.
You are becoming a young man. The time has come for more independence as you begin to seek your way. We are both changing, feeling our way through this unknown territory. But, these are great days. Days that will be full of learning and growing. Days full of deep conversations. Days full of seeking to be the man God desires for you to be.
And all along the way I will be praying for you. I will never be far. I'll be close for those times when you need me. And I'll never forget your chubby arms wrapped tightly around my neck, your nose buried in my hair as you whisper "I love you, momma."
Me, too, baby, me too.
Happy 13th Birthday!