When 18 years sounds like a long time……

9 Jan

But is really just a blink of an eye.



My boy. Jase is my middle child. 17 months younger than his older brother, 18 months older than his younger sister.

He is sweet, compassionate, charming, funny…..the list goes on and on.

He will be 18 years old in just a few short days. I have the hardest time during the week before any of my kids birthdays. I mourn the passing of another year of their childhood that is behind them, but I welcome the coming year too.

When they were tiny, that meant milestones coming and going. First smiles, first steps…..

When they were a bit older, it meant watching their personalities unfold, watching their independence emerge……

Now that they are older still, looking to the year ahead is an exciting/scary combination. The “what do you want to be when you grow up” question……that’s a REAL question now.

All of the questions, daydreams, and scenarios that you have ever had for your child……those are real things now!

Did I do enough, say enough, teach enough….is he ready for what 18 has to offer?

Fortunately, I have been through this once before with my oldest son. So I kind of know the answer.

Yes, yes I did do enough. I have loved that kid so hard and so fiercely, that he has no choice but to be ready for whatever this year has to offer him.

So, Happy Birthday Jase. You are loved, and you are ready.

One Response to “When 18 years sounds like a long time……”

  1. slowgirlfastdog at 3:42 am #

    Your post made me all sentimental. My son will turn 13 this summer…he’s an only child so all the milestones are firsts and lasts and that is very bittersweet to me. Happy birthday to your son!

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