- They come and they go, celebrated by our families as babies with gifts we don’t even remember.
- We grew a little older and looked forward to them – anticipating the excitement, that long awaited ‘special’ gift, the cake, the ice cream, the parties with our friends.
- Then the teen years – More presents. Yay! hurry, hurry, hurry. Almost got that long awaited drivers license. It’s right within our reach…Got it! Party-party-party!
- Now we’ve matured a little and have less festive celebrations – a few friends, some family, Mom and Dad. But don’t forget the presents!
- Then its off to college, birthdays fall in the middle of a semester, in the middle of the week, and parents aren’t even around for the celebrations – You can bet they are thinking about you though! Phone calls and text messages seem to work quite well with a check in the mail!
- Then the milestone. Here it is. Finally – the big TWENTY-ONE!
Mom and Dad – “So you’re going to be 21. We’ll come up and take you out to dinner on the 3rd to celebrate you’re birthday.” 😉
Andrew – Eyes wide open with a look of surprise on his face says, “What? Really you aren’t – are you?”
Mom and Dad – “Sure we are. You don’t turn 21 every day.”
Andrew – Not caring if he hurts our feelings, “No, no, no, no, no. You don’t need to do that!”
Mom and Dad – “Hummm?” We innocently ask, “Do you have other plans?”
Andrew – “Welllllll, maybe. I’ll be fine.”
We dropped the thought – took him out to dinner last weekend to celebrate, gave him his gift, and will be thinking about him all day today! After all you only turn twenty-one once. It’s the thought that counts. 🙂
He’s come a long way hasn’t he?