I know this is my teaching blog and I generally seperate my teaching and my personal blog but when occasions like this come along I want to celebrate them with everyone I know so I'm posting happy birthday to my son on both of my blogs :).
Yesterday when you were young everything you needed done was done for you.
It's hard for me to believe that he is 12 years old. It seems like just yesterday that I flew across the country to pick him up (he was adopted when he was 7 months old). He was so little and tiny and needy. Through the years I feel I have taken the time to cherish every smile and every accomplishment. He has been my guide and my teacher probably more often than the other way around.
"Go where you want to go... Be what you want to be..."
"If you ever turn around... you'll see me."
As you have gotten older I'm coming to realize that I've gone from walking in front of him to walking beside him and I can't help but feel that lately there have been times where I'm walking behind him. I find myself going to help or assist only to find that he has already done it. This is what I wanted for him. This is still what I want for him. But its not always easy. Yet I will do it because there is nothing that would make me happier than to have to look on from afar and see him standing on his own.
"In the end the only steps that matter are the ones that you take all by yourself..."
I often wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn't started the adoption process 12 years ago and I'm just so thankful that I did. I look forward to watching many steps taken by himself from the sidelines in the year and years to come.
Happy Birthday to my most amazing son!