Thursday, 26 August 2010

Is It Any Better Now That He Is Not A Teen?

My eldest has turned twenty today. The first of my five children to have crossed over from the teen years into ?????? adulthood.

All I want to know is where the heck have these last twenty years flown?

I was only six months older than him when I gave birth to him. Those good old years when I was still naive enough to think I knew everything.

Not much has changed since yesterday. My son is still an amazing person with a great heart. A person who can also at times behave a bit like a spoiled child. (Can you tell that I am still annoyed about him not giving me a kiss hello the other night because he was too tired and needed to go to bed. Uh huh, that extra two seconds of sleep is going to make a real big difference. On the other hand, he is probably nicer than I was at his age....)

To answer my own question, no it's not any better that my eldest is not a teen anymore. Aside from it meaning that I am getting older, as any parent will attest to, as much as you love and trust your kids, you always have that little special part in your heart to think and worry about and for them.

So Happy 20th Birthday kiddo.

Your smile lights up any room. (No matter what you are wearing.)

Your sense of style is all your own.

(Since I am not taking credit for the less than successful, I won't take credit for the successful either.)

You might see the world from your own unique vantage point.

But you know how much you are loved and you know how proud we are of you.

May you find your way in life. A path that brings you joy, serenity, peace, love, health, wealth and of course the dream car you have been pining for since you were three. (No, sorry, we didn't buy you a car for your birthday.)
And for now, enjoy thinking that you know everything.

I will now head off to drown my sorrows at growing old.

Susie @ NewDayNewLesson


  1. Awww that's lovely Susie. Hard to believe isn't it! 20! Wow! Congrats to you, hubby and your young adult. xxxx

  2. A wonderful tribute to your boy, Susie.

    I'll join you in drowning your sorrows: why can't this age thing just have a slow-down button?

  3. What a lovely post.....
    Both my gorgeous girls reach landmark figures this year....21 and 18...
    I sadly hit the big 50!! and Trish is very right, life seems to speed up not slow down as the years go by....
    Anyway Happy Birthday to all of you :)

  4. Happy birthday to the mom, too! Now we understand the cliche, time flies. My own son will be 19 in october and i have no idea how we got here so fast.

  5. Vix-Thanks. Hubby is away but am taking the rest of the gang out to dinner in a restaurant soon.

    Trish-pop on over and we will drown our sorrows away together. I want a slow down button for things like but a speed up button for housework.

    Velveteen rabbit-wow lots of milestones by you. Thanks.

    Angela-thanks. Time does so fly.

  6. Hey - this'll brighten up your day. You could be a lot older than 40 AND have a 7 year old! Groan - now I've made myself feel old!

  7. Lovely post...great photos too....and you are blessed to have 5 children...if you ever find the time machine that we all desire so much, for scooting back and forth through the kids ages..or revisiting happy times 'en famille' then please let me know!

  8. Expat mum-I guess I forgot to mention that I have an 18 , 13, 11 and 4 year old as well. So in 3 years I will be 43 with a 7 year old.

    Libby-if I ever find it, I will shre the joy.

  9. Hope he had a great birthday. xx

  10. Well done to all of you. May he always be happy and safe. xx

  11. I have been reading your blog for some time now and I love it. I still have young children (7,5 & 2), but read your blog to see what I have to look forward to (fear) in the future days. This post spoke to me. The words you wrote sounded so familiar to what I think at my stage in the mothering game. I could have written this same post, but with photos of a younger boy. Your words encouraged me to know that my love for my children will see me through this crazy ride!

  12. I can't stand that a day seems like an hour let alone boys becoming men.
    Well done you.

  13. Great post! The years may be flying by - but the wonderful memories are being accumulated. If you remember to enjoy every moment - then it doesn't matter how fast time flies or how old we are (yes- I am trying to convince myself too).I can't believe I have three married children!!!!

  14. So sweet. Happy (belated) birthday to your son!