February 6, 2015

Teen Idol

Sweet guy, at fourteen you're well versed in the most important aspects of teenage life; sneakers, Starbucks and binge-watching episode after episode of Friends. I will text this post to you as soon as I’m through writing it, since that may be the best way to reach you.

This has been a year of big changes and you’ve handled them with ease. I admire how you’re not afraid to be vulnerable and to feel deeply. You’ve put yourself on the line and learned that the gains can outweigh the heartbreak. Thankfully, the little kid I once knew is never too far away. You can go from serious to silly in a flash, with a sly smile and cheeky wit. Happy Birthday with love, from your biggest fan.

January 8, 2015

@12


I felt sad. It occurred to me recently that neither of my boys bears any resemblance to me. As they grow more handsome and confident and I grow more… um, older. But this very intuitive preteen knew just how to mend my ego by telling me that he still looks like me… on the inside. Thank you, sweet guy. Your playful nature, wit and authenticity grabs me deeply. May you always sparkle as you do today. Happy Birthday.