Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is a special day. It was 25 years ago today that my youngest son was born. I remember it as if it were only yesterday. He was ill at the beginning of his life and there were some scary moments yet as he is in life he pulled through. So many memories I have of him as a child... Hiding was one of his favorite things to do when he was small... He thought it so funny when you could not find him. One time we looked for hours only to find him asleep under his bed. His little grin would say it all. He thought it all so funny.

He was a quiet child as he grew. Loving to lose himself in a thick book or spend tedious hours working on his models of world war II tanks. He seemed to be like a sponge, drawing up all the information he could. Although he did have his moments when he would follow his older brothers temptations and join in for some simple teasing of his younger sister. Although it seemed he always got the bad end of the deal.

As he grew older, his intelligence grew and he went to a advanced school in another city, which required him to be away from home. It was not a hard decision for me at all allowing him to take this opportunity and run with it. I knew the possibilities that would come from it would be more than any he could have gotten at his home school. It became even more than I had hoped for. It fed him with challenges and engaged him with others of like minds. It gave him a broader view of the world and thus made him more aware of the differences in people. It was also at this place where he met his fiance. A wonderful girl who only helped him to grow more.

Today, as I look at him I smile. He is a young man who challenges himself, grabs opportunities when he sees them and never turns down an opportunity to learn. He travels the world and experiences new things and accepts the fact that there are others who are different than he. He is compassionate to others and their feelings even when they do not necessarily go along with his own. He is diplomatic and examines both sides of a situation. Understanding that there are many perspectives to a story and not just his own. He is a fine young man.

Yet at times.... when he smiles... I still see that little boy I fell in love with so many years ago. Happy Birthday, Zac

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