I know it’s a well-used saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” but it means a little more to me as my oldest child turns 17 today.
I hesitated a bit before writing an editorial about my son Alex, but then I decided that this is one of the perks of being Managing Editor of a newspaper, right? Plus, he deserves the kudos!
Being a mom was one of the first dreams I remember having. Growing up, our house was full of kids. My cousins were always at our house because my mom loved children and always enjoyed having little ones running around.
I am grateful that I had my cousins around me all of the time. Today I am still close to so many of them and a few of them I consider to be my best friends. I’m sure that is where my love of kids comes from!
I know that is where my dream of being a mom started.
It was a long journey with several obstacles along the way but Alex came into our lives on a gorgeous day in 1996! He was beautiful! I’m not just saying that because he’s my kid—I literally got stopped all the time so that people could tell me how beautiful he was.
As he has grown-up he has also become a beautiful soul!
He is kind and gracious and so funny! That kid can really make me laugh!
Yes, he is a teenager and comes with “teenage problems” but I have watched him grow into a hardworking “almost-adult” and am proud to be able to call him my son.
I’ll just put it out there! I am one of those moms who is dreading the day her son leaves the nest. It truly depresses me to think of him moving out. I’m sure I will be kicking and screaming as he hugs me goodbye and may just have to check into the hospital for a week or two to get over my depression!!
Alex is fully aware of this upcoming dilemma and just gives me his sly smile and full dimple when I express my concern!
Alex is a treasure and I have no doubt he will be a successful adult who will be a huge contributor to society. He will be a wonderful husband and father and I know he will continue to be the amazing son he always has been. I am proud to be called “Alex’s Mom” which is how many people know me.
Yes, I have a tear or two in my eyes as I write this and I am hoping that this “time” that is flying by so quickly slows down just a bit for at least the next two years so I can continue to relish in every moment that I have him home with me.
I will continue to treasure the quick “I love you Mom” texts I get from him and will encourage him to keep them up even after he moves on to bigger and better things!
For now, I hope Alex has the happiest of birthdays because he truly does deserve it!
Happy Birthday to my favorite son!