Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to my son, Shane Patrick. Yes, his birthday is today. Wish we lived closer so we could celebrate. He was my third baby. I thought he was my last. I spent so much time with him enjoying every minute. When he went to kindergarten it was so hard on him and me. It didn't help that it was all day that year. I remember my husband calling home and having to leave work and come and get me. He took me out to lunch. On the way back home we drove by the school. Shane was on the playground and I lost it again. I think my husband said something to the fact that I was on my own from that point. Shane used to ask the teacher all day long and all year long "how many more hours" until he could go home. He volunteered me for everything. I put a picture of he and I in his lunch box to try to help. Then he grew up. He fell in love at age 15 to his beautiful wife.....in this picture. He went far away to college. When he told me he got accepted at the college he went to, I said, It's not funny, go to your room." Yes, I really did. Then when he graduated he was in the Army and stationed in Hawaii.....then went to Bosnia.....then to Afghanistan. That was also "not funny."
His job is really"not funny". But you have to give them wings........ You miss them but you are proud of what they become. He is a wonderful Dad. This morning he said he was on a treasure hunt with his son for St. Patrick's Day.
Love this boy. It's okay to still call him that right?

19 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I hear you, Debby. What a wonderful, heartwarming story you told here. That is the same relationship I have with my youngest son. I am so blessed that he only lives a couple miles away and they are expecting their first baby. He is going to be an AWESOME Dad..and I love his wife to bits. Happy, Happy Birthday to your son and a Happy St. Paddy's Day! xo Diana

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, Debby. I know exactly how you feel. I love my son to pieces, and I still call him Sonny Boy - even though he's 33. What's funny is just a few years ago, he switched from calling me "mom" to "mama" which I love. I can tell you are so proud of your son.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Happy birthday to your son! Sounds like he's a pretty good guy!

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Debby, Happy Birthday to your son Shane! I loved your story, and it is very close to my own with my sons. You are so wonderful, is so many ways. It's no surprise that he'd be wonderful too! Happy St. Pat's Day to you and yours. Love,Penny

Kimberly said...

I love this post debby! We all feel this way as moms! Happy birthday to your boy.

Shirley said...

Hi Debby, Happy Birthday to your son Shane. It is definitely all right to call them. They are never to old for that. My oldest was in the Navy overseas and now he works in Louisiana. Cells phone works real well now and doesn't cost long distance. When he went into the military and would come home on leave. I would cry every time we would put him on the plane. It took several trips before I could do it without crying. My other two and their children live close by.
I understand exactly how you feel and being a military mom while he was in the service I know how all other moms feel when they have family in harms way. We pray a lot. Hugs from your Missouri Friend

Jo said...

i think giving them wings and letting them go is one of the hardest things. I still struggle with it...Happy Birthday to your son and happy birthing day to you....

Gina said...

Happy Birthday to Shane!

And yes, you can call him your boy no matter how old he gets!

Syndi of Beachnut Lane said...

Hi Debby, loved your post. Kids grow up so fast, I am constantly talking about when they were little like it was yesterday. My oldest is in his second year of college and it is hard to let go, but I am trying. I think you echo what we all go through. And yes, they will always be our boys.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Mom's can always call their son "boy"..cuz to them they always will be Mom's boy. :) Always!
Happy Birthday to your handsome son!

Nan said...

Well once they fall in love they move on don't they. My son's wife is first with him and that's good they have been married 20 years.

Nancy said...

What a nice post, Debby. Happy birthday to your son. Sounds like you did a great job raising him. I have one child -- a boy -- and he just that special to me, too. God bless.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

No matter how old they'll always be our babies!

Happy Birthday to your son. He sounds like a great guy!

Susie said...

Happy birthday to your sweet boy. I only had daughers. But I have grandsons. Jake is going to be 21 in a couple days and I call him "my boy" all the time. So I know how you feel. Smiles, xo, Susie(She Junks)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Aw Debby this is such a sweet post.
Happy Birthday to your boy. Yes it is okay to call him that. I remember my ex-ML calling and asking me if her boy was home. haha
I still call my three children Baby. I bet they wish I didn't but they will always be our babies.
Tomorrow Clint goes to the doctor to find out everything. So I knew you would want to know.
Can not tell you how much I enjoyed our talk on the phone. Your such a beautiful friend
Love ya
Maggie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

That is so sweet Debby..I know exactly how you felt at that time. I remember walking out of the school the first day of kindergarten for my oldest son. I had the biggest lump in my throat...He just turned 34 and it seems like yesterday. Luckily, my boys are only an hour away.~Hugs, Patti

Diane Duda said...

Happy Birthday to Shane! Shane Patrick is my nephew's name. I'm rather fond of him too. :)

LBP said...

Awww... You can call him your baby forever... I still call mine baby and he is 20. He goes to college nearby so he's still home. I dread the day.....

Blessings

Linda

LBP said...

Awww... You can call him your baby forever... I still call mine baby and he is 20. He goes to college nearby so he's still home. I dread the day.....

Blessings

Linda