Thursday, January 1, 2015

sweet 16

happy new year!
and happy birthday!
this guy turns 16 today.
it doesn't seem possible.
yet, it feels so right.

he's always been beyond his years, a deep thinker and an old soul. and now his age is reflecting that.  every year i am more and more grateful for his being in my life. for everything that he teaches me; perseverance, coolness, a let it go attitude, the ability to try something new and move on from it.  his sense of security and quiet confidence. his love and compassion for everyone. he charts my course as a mother and reminds me that i'm still learning.

my favorite moments are still the ones when i pick him up from school and he tells me all about his day.  i can already feel those moments slipping away.  i don't always pick him up at the end of the day.  soon, but not too soon, he will be driving himself.  i am letting go and giving him space and privacy and trust.  it's hard and scary but it's the way it's supposed to be.

he continues to thrive and excel as a student.  he loves learning. he's a science and math guy - not so much english.  but he knows that and plays to his strengths.  he is inquisitive and pensive. memorizing comes easy, but he understands it as well. his academic success has come from hard work and dedication.

he's a puzzle master.  his rubik skills amaze us all.  it's all algorithms and practice - lots of practice... and a touch of ocd.

now he is a drummer. a music maker. a percussion genius.  it's patterns and rhythms and exercises all the time, anywhere he can, on any surface.  it's part of who he is now.  and i am so happy that he has discovered it.  he will follow that passion wherever it leads - as he should.

this coming year will be something special, full of challenges and achievements.  i can't wait to see what he does with it.

today we celebrate a new year for our boy with love and ice cream cake.

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