I can hardly believe that my oldest son will be 11 years old this weekend. Have I really been a parent for eleven years? It amazes me to think this much time has passed by. I remember planning his conception and wanting him so much every step of the way. I don’t know what I was thinking but I somehow didn’t realize that he would some day become this young man who is going off to middle school. I’m not sure if I was in denial or just plain naive!
What I do know is that this soon to be 11 year old young boy has taught me so much in such a short time. When he reads this someday, I want him to know that he has taught me more in eleven years than in my entire 36 years of life, more than any degree that I hold. I want him to know that he was planned and he is surely a blessing. Like every parent, I have my doubts and I have my frustrations but if I could rewind the clock, I would do it all over again and again one more time!
When he entered the world, he came in like a football in the end zone with a fierce touchdown. It was Super Bowl Sunday, as a matter of fact. When he arrived, he immediately showed me what unconditional love was all about. I had a better understanding of why my parents focused so hard on my upbringing and the choices I made. I only wanted the best for him and I knew that I could NEVER love anyone like him. The love for your child is like no other!
In my younger days, I never gave my mother any problems. I was studious and well behaved. I’ll never really know the impact I may have had on her life but with my son, I know he has had such a tremendous impact on mine. Both of my boys are my driving force in life. It’s because of them that I strive for greatness and I am so ambitious. Every decision I make takes their future into consideration as I plan and act on how I can make it even greater than my own. My son enables me to see things from a greater view and without bias. His unique ways and his love and caring sentiments toward others guide me to be a little lighter and easier on those with whom I would normally have my guard up. He allows me to see the “good” in everyone. It’s because of him I have come to realize that nothing in life is perfect nor is it too difficult…and that’s okay!
His smile and inquisitiveness give me strength to believe that there is so much more to life. He gives me hope for better days and inspires me to look deeper and beyond so many things. I could never thank him enough for the impact he has had on my life. He has made me a better person and therefore a better mother to the both of my boys! I could have never imagined the way I would have grown from the simple act of giving birth to this child. I am looking forward to many more years right by his side and cannot wait to watch the continuous impact he will make on all of our lives.
Happy 11th Birthday to my Victorious Victorio! You are loved today and always–thank you!!!!